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A Back to the Future stage musical has been talked about for a few years and and now it looks to be official. Back to the Future – The Musical will premiere in London’s West End in 2015 which marks the 30th anniversary of the 1985 movie. If it’s successful, there is hopes of a Broadway run if successful. Director Robert Zemeckis and his Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale will write the book with Jamie Lloyd, who will direct the production. Original composer Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard will pen additional music and lyrics alongside songs from the movie like “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode.”
The original crew back together after 30 years to make a stage adaption of one of the best movies ever made? They just sold a lot of tickets.
Bob Gale says [via BTTF.com]:
“The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”
Jamie Lloyd added:
“I was five when I saw Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s landmark movie, Back to the Future, and I have been a huge fan ever since. I am thrilled to be directing and co-writing this exciting new musical based on their masterful film, which has become embedded in our popular culture. Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way. The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience. Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard’s witty, infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard to tell this uplifting story anew.”
I’m not one to go out and watch a stage performance, but I would see this just to hear live BTTF music.
Director Robert Zemeckis continues his work with live-action after making some motion-capture movies for us in the form of an action figure adaptation. Major Matt Mason will be a 3D movie that will star Hanks as Mason, an astronaut trapped on a moon base with a group of people. “The story is one of survival, as the film won’t feature any aliens or antagonists”.
Speaking with The Wrap, Hanks said that he “started tinkering with the story after Larry Crowne and that he has co-written the screenplay with Graham Yost (Justified).
You can check out the decent looking drama Flight [trailer] in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more Major Matt Mason news.
FYI: Zemeckis and Hanks previously teamed up on Cast Away, The Polar Express, and Forrest Gump.
Robert Zemeckis returns to live action films after 12 years (A Christmas Carol, Beowulf, The Polar Express) with Flight starring Denzel Washington. Washington plays a heroic commercial airline pilot who miraculously lands a disabled jet (think Sullenberger but with more special effects).
After the crash, he is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane? The film reunites Washington with John Goodman (Fallen) and other top shelf cast members include Don Cheadle, James Badge Dale, Melissa Leo and Bruce Greenwood.
Flight opens November 2nd.
- So there’s a Zorro reboot happening, ok speak up, who asked for this? *crickets* [deadline]
- Robert Zemeckis developing “Period Ghostbusters” film called ‘Charles Fort’ [ComicBookMovie]
- Warner Bros. has released two new posters for the upcoming Clint Eastwood film ‘J. Edgar’, and Leonardo DiCaprio looks pissed. [here and here]
- Billy Ray Writing ‘The Thin Man’ for Johnny Depp and in more Depp news, he’s going to play Dr. Seuss [THR1, THR2]
James Cameron’s Movie Voice Cameos, watch below:
- Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ is getting set up at Paramount Pictures, the project will star Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. [THR]
- The Three Stooges gets a Release Date [THR]
- Two official posters for the hockey movie, ‘Goon’. [ramascreen]
- Fox Searchlight picks up Steve McQueen’s NC-17 drama ‘Shame’. [deadline]
- Denzel Washington officially set to take ‘Flight’ with Robert Zemeckis. [digitalspy]
- Hannibal Lecter TV Series in Development. [comingsoon]
A 15 Second preview of the trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn:
An international poster has appeared online at DVD-Forum for the Robert Zemeckis film A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Jim Carrey. If you have seen THE POLAR EXPRESS and BEOWULF then you know that the technique of motion capture can be pretty awesome, and that’s what this holiday season has in store for us.
Carrey has quite the work load when it comes acting in the film as he will be playing a number of roles including Ebenezer Scrooge, The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Take that Eddie Murphy! The film also stars Gary Oldman, Bob Hoskins (Smee!), Colin Firth, and Robin Wright Penn.
If you have never been forced to read the book in school or with your family (thanks Mom) the story tells us of Mr. Scrooge, a money man who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He never cares about the well being of others including his own family and co-workers. One night Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who show him the way and help him realize the true magic of Christmas. Naturally.
The film will be released in Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D on November 6th 2009.
Extra Tidbit: This will mark Jim Carrey’s first project with Walt Disney Pictures.
Source: DVD Forum
Written by: GM