After six months of absence there’s a lot of catching up to do, and just like we’ve promised: we’re on it.
Indie filmmaker Martin Guigui will be directing the musical Crazy for the boys, written by Brian Lukow. The film will tell the archetypical story of an all-girls band and its’ ups and downs, and it will target the teen market through catchy pop songs. It won’t be the only one, since Disney will premiere yet another TV-tween-extravaganza bluntly called Teen beach movie –can you guess the plot for this one?
Another approach to the narration of up-and-coming performers seems to be Life of an actress, written and directed by Paul Chau, which tells the story of three young actresses trying to make it in Broadway. The cast, composed by stage performers, has been announced: Orfeh, Allison Case, Taylor Louderman, Richard H. Blake, Bart Shatto and Xavier Cano, will be part of the film, which started filming today.
On the front of Broadway-to-Hollywood transitions, The Jersey Boys seems to have secured a director in Clint Eastwood. If the choice distresses you then you can rest assured. Eastwood knows about musicals since he played Pardner in the musical-western Paint your wagon, and has a passion for singing and composing.
Still, his preferences might be a little worrying for some. According to GotchaMovies, it seems like the veteran director is making bold selections when it comes to the musical, as he is reportedly picking actors with stage experience instead of big Hollywood names. This undoubtedly will improve the quality of the film, but might jeopardize its’ performance on the box-office.
Another soon-to-be musical film adapted from the stage will be Green Day’s successful American Idiot. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures seem interested in buying the rights to the musical, with Dustin Lance Black (8, J. Edgar, Milk) as writer, Michael Mayer as director, and singer Billie Joe Armstrong playing St. Jimmy.
The stage musical tells the story of three young men dissatisfied with their stifling surroundings, who will soon run into the harshest side of life.
It also seems like animated musicals might continue to dazzle children: following the likes of Tangled, Disney will return to musicals with Frozen, the tale of young Anne whom is trying to save her kingdom from an atrocious winter. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, are amongst the actors that will lend their voices to the characters. Watch the teaser below.
Finally, we end this report with a very odd project: Zombie musical. No, it´s not a joke. The film is a project created by Ryan McHenry based on his homonymous short film, which tells the story of a group of teens that face the zombie apocalypse… through music.
The creative team behind the musical is desperately looking for funds, and have a very interesting proposal for the donors: they will have a word in the destiny of the characters, which they’ll meet through the exclusive weekly web-series broadcasted through Kickstarter. The goal is to gather £100.000, and they’ve currently reached £682.
You can watch the original short film below, and watch the series or donate here.