Is The NEXT TO NORMAL Movie Still Happening?

Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
I haven't heard anything in a long time and wasn't sure if this one went in the way of IN THE HEIGHTS.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Was it ever happening?
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
Heh, that's what I was gonna say, qolbinau.
qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Also, I've said it 10000 times but the role belongs to KATE WINSLET and no one else.
aasjb4ever
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/09
I know Rob Reiner expressed interest in adapting it around when it was closing, but there hasn’t been much talk…if at all…since then.
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
I had thought (and maybe I'm wrong) that Robert Downey Jr. said he was definitely doing it.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
ray-andallthatjazz86
Broadway Legend
joined:8/2/05
I thought Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey were writing an original movie musical starring Robert Downey Jr, not NEXT TO NORMAL.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
steven22
Broadway Legend
joined:5/19/06
I'd love for this to happen...ASAP...Kate Winslet would be a great Diana
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
I hope not.
Some people can get a thrill, knitting sweaters and sitting still. That's okay for some people, who don't know they're alive!
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Connie Britton would also be a great Diana, if she can sing.
I leave the room smiling.
Wildcard
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
I had Naomi Watts in my head when I watched the show. Not sure if she can sing though.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
I was thinking more Nomi Malone.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
ChanceEncounter
Stand-by
joined:7/7/12
Connie apparently does her own singing on Nashville.

But you're all crazy if you think it should be anyone but Toni Collette
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
It'll sadly never go to Toni.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
someone.else's.story2
Leading Actor
joined:3/18/07
Naomi Watts could act the hell out of it! Intriguing idea!
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” ``oscar wilde``
ray-andallthatjazz86
Broadway Legend
joined:8/2/05
I'd love to see Toni Collette play the role on stage, it'll never happen just practically speaking (there won't be a revival any time soon obviously), but while I think she'd be fantastic she has already played something along those similar lines in US OF TARA. Diana is not the same character, but some of the issues explored in NEXT TO NORMAL were explored in that show, I'd love for someone who hasn't "gone there" yet to get a crack at it to come up with something completely unexpected, Winslet and Watts would be perfection. I know Naomi Watts often talks about how she gravitates towards really intense roles, she'd match Ripley in terms of emotional complexity, but I can't imagine her having an interesting, let alone powerful, singing voice. That'd be a huge problem casting the film for me, I know Ripley got a lot of backlash for her singing but I was thrilled with the raw vocal performance she gave the night I saw the show. Not sure what Hollywood actress could match that in a movie musical.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
Owen22
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/11
Is there anyone there connected to a producer who could suggest someone pitch this musical to HBO?

During the late 90's HBO held onto the rights of both Jelly's Last Jam and Sondheim's Assassins to create their typically lauded, signature TV movies out of them. They both fell by the wayside.

I think NTN would be perfect for them. Plus they have the Kate connection from Mildred Pierce (though I agree, Toni Collette=Diana--maybe even Showtime which hosted Toni's sitcom).
Matt Rogers
Broadway Star
joined:10/4/04
Updated On: 12/20/12 at 07:24 PM
Bettyboy72
Broadway Legend
joined:3/31/06
Last I heard Madonna owned the rights and wants to play Diana.
"The sexual energy between the mother and son really concerns me!"-random woman behind me at Next to Normal "I want to meet him after and bang him!"-random woman who exposed her breasts at Rock of Ages, referring to James Carpinello
qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Really? fuuuu

fingerlakessinger
Broadway Legend
joined:11/18/10
I'm hoping that is a joke.
Cuz if not, that is not one, but TWO amazing leading roles she will have butchered on the big screen.
"Life in theater is give and take...but you need to be ready to give more then you take..."
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Yeah, she really wasn't that good in A CERTAIN SACRIFICE.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
It should be Amy Adams. With Anna Kendrick as Natalie.
fingerlakessinger
Broadway Legend
joined:11/18/10
Point taken. Let me rephrase that. MUSICAL leading ladies lol
"Life in theater is give and take...but you need to be ready to give more then you take..."
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Well I disagree. I thought she was fantastic in DICK TRACY.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
fingerlakessinger
Broadway Legend
joined:11/18/10
Wait...is she really attached to the project?
"Life in theater is give and take...but you need to be ready to give more then you take..."

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