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.