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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    Producer Scott Rudin will bring a new adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Aaron Sorkin, to Broadway sometime in the 2017-18 season, directed by Bartlett Sher.

    http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-News-Aaron-Sorkin-to-Write-New-Adaptation-of-TO-KILL-A-MOCKINGBIRD-Coming-to-Broadway-20160210

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    BamaEd
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    On one hand, I do find it exciting that it would be coming to Broadway with such high profile talent involved.

    That being said, right now I can’t see Sorkin as the right fit for it. I’m sure the courtroom scenes would crackle but the story is as much, actually more, about the relationship within the family and the time and the place more than Atticus the lawyer. I don’t know how much of small town family life Sorkin has done so he may surprise me. I’m not saying the writer has to be southern (although I would love that) but just able to understand the nuances of the story and the town. Horton Foote was a great choice for the screenplay.

    Hoping for the best though! 

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    I feel like they need someone really big to play Atticus consdiering that role is the perfect example of awards bait. Just a few I can think of: Al Pacino, Scott Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Sturridge, Bobby Canavale, Jon Hamm, Greg Kimmear, and maybe Billy Bob Thornton. The role of Tom could be a great one in the hands of the right actor (personally my pick is Columbus Short).

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    I can definitely fathom Hanks being cast. Pacino, Cannavale, Kinnear, Scott Eastwood, I don’t think so.

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    Does anyone else find this the slightest bit suspicious?

    For years and years, Harper Lee would not let any production of Mockingbird go forward in New York. There were acclaimed productions of the Sergel adaptation elsewhere in the U.S. and in the U.K., and she wouldn’t let any of them come in–and not just to Broadway, but to anywhere in New York. For decades, producers have tried to get the rights to commission a new stage adaptation. The answer was always no.

    Now she’s 89, her sister and longtime lawyer is dead, and voi la, she published a “long-lost” novel and Mockingbird is going to Broadway. 

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    I had almost forgotten that last year, there was quite the controversy in Monroeville, AL (my home state, Ms. Lee’s hometown and basis for Maycomb in the novel) regarding a stage version. The town had put on a stage version for 26 years but Lee’s lawyer was holding up rights for the town to produce the play in 2016. This is the same lawyer who found the manuscript for Go Set a Watchman. Lee set up a nonprofit to keep the play in Monroeville and Dramatic Publishing relented and allowed it to continue.

    Slightly shady? 

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    According to the New York Post, Jeff Daniels is supposedly in-talks to play Atticus Finch.
    http://pagesix.com/2016/06/20/meryl-streep-tries-to-be-the-worlds-worst-singer/

    No surprise to me since he’s worked with both Aaron Sorkin and Scott Rudin on The Newsroom and Steve Jobs.

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    I WOULD LOVE THIS

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    Awardsfan1990
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    I feel like they need someone really big to play Atticus consdiering that role is the perfect example of awards bait. Just a few I can think of: Al Pacino, Scott Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Sturridge, Bobby Canavale, Jon Hamm, Greg Kimmear, and maybe Billy Bob Thornton. The role of Tom could be a great one in the hands of the right actor (personally my pick is Columbus Short).

    Atticus is supposed to be about 50-ish, so Scott Eastwood and Tom Sturridge are automatically disqualified for being too young as they’re in their early 30s. All the other actors would be great, especially Tom Hanks, since he can pretty much do anything, and while Jon Hamm doesn’t really look like Gregory Peck, he has that kind of look that Gregory Peck had, one that made him instantly recognizable in every role.

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    Eh, not sure I’m thrilled with the idea of Daniels as Atticus and that’s probably on account of my strong dislike for his bombastic work on The Newsroom. I mentioned Hanks before and would add Bill Irwin (never gonna happen though) and Gary Sinise.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1967) – Burt Bacharach vs. Baloo the Bear: The Ultimate Showdown

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    vinny
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    I feel like they need someone really big to play Atticus consdiering that role is the perfect example of awards bait. Just a few I can think of: Al Pacino, Scott Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Sturridge, Bobby Canavale, Jon Hamm, Greg Kimmear, and maybe Billy Bob Thornton. The role of Tom could be a great one in the hands of the right actor (personally my pick is Columbus Short).

    Atticus is supposed to be about 50-ish, so Scott Eastwood and Tom Sturridge are automatically disqualified for being too young as they’re in their early 30s. All the other actors would be great, especially Tom Hanks, since he can pretty much do anything, and while Jon Hamm doesn’t really look like Gregory Peck, he has that kind of look that Gregory Peck had, one that made him instantly recognizable in every role.

    Hamm would be my first choice to be honest. Would give him one heck of a broadway debut

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    It sure would be one heck of a Broadway debut. And if he should win a Tony, then he’d be halfway towards EGOT.

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    Eh, not sure I’m thrilled with the idea of Daniels as Atticus and that’s probably on account of my strong dislike for his bombastic work on The Newsroom. I mentioned Hanks before and would add Bill Irwin (never gonna happen though) and Gary Sinise.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1967) – Burt Bacharach vs. Baloo the Bear: The Ultimate Showdown

    Oooh, now I want Gary Sinise to do this instead. He has the right mix of steel and fire to be a great Atticus. He won an Emmy for George Wallace so he can play a legendary Alabamian.

    I think Daniels will be fine, it’s just that his more recent high profile roles have veered toward the self-righteous with The Squid and the Whale, Steve Jobs, and The Newsroom, so hopefully Sorkin can temper that with his version of Atticus, because Atticus is not self-righteous.

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    If a really strong director could hide the hair dye, rip that ridiculous toupee off his head, and push him toward the emotional honesty of his best work, wouldn’t John Travolta be amazing as Atticus Finch?

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    BamaEd
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    If a really strong director could hide the hair dye, rip that ridiculous toupee off his head, and push him toward the emotional honesty of his best work, wouldn’t John Travolta be amazing as Atticus Finch?

    Nope, can’t picture it. Although, to be fair, I’ve always thought his strength was as a movie star, not an actor.

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