Thursday, February 02, 2012

Marty, We Have To Go Back and Get Franzen To Go On Oprah!

So, Hollywood is increasingly involved in the news of the theater recently.

Yesterday, word came that mega-producer Scott Rudin was suddenly pulling the plug on his financing of the Broadway production of Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, (recently seen at Trinity Rep in Providence.)

The Los Angeles Times had a take on the story.  It was the Mark Taper Forum production that would transferring to New York.

The New York Post reported Wednesday, and a source close to the production confirmed, that Norris, who is also an actor, had backed out of a commitment to star in a pilot for a Rudin-produced HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's bestselling novel, "The Corrections." That prompted a tit-for-tat by Rudin, who pulled his money out of "Clybourne Park," which was to have featured the same seven-member cast that has won glowing reviews at the Taper.

But never fear! Hollywood to the rescue!  Who needs a Pulitzer when you can have a time travel musical!  Deadline New York reports:

I’m told that Zemeckis is in early talks with his co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri to explore a stage transfer. A stage musical would be an intriguing way to reintroduce a franchise which, over three films, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. Zemeckis’ ImageMovers would be involved if this goes forward.

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