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Please don't turn these movies into musicals

Pasdechat
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Turning a blockbuster movie into a musical might seem a sure-win. if a story drew billions into the cinemas, it will surely attract millions into a Broadway theater, right?!

Something like that must have gone through the minds of people behind "Spiderman - turn off the dark", "Tarzan" or "Flashdance" (to name but a few).

Yessss, I know there are great counter examples. But let's have some fun: what other movies should never be turned into a musical? I throw in:

- Planet of the Apes (why they think it might work: "it could be a mash up of "Cats", "Rocky" and "Tarzan": dancing and fighting monkeys! Costumes by Julie Taymor!")
- Avatar ("like 'Wicked' but with blue [man group] body paint and Cirque du Soleil backdrops!")


Updated On: 7/30/14 at 02:47 PM
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Jordan Catalano
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I'm right on top of that, Rose.
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Pasdechat
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Finebydesign: haha, didn't know that, thank you!
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Charley Kringas Inc
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Any film can be a musical - most films could probably be good musicals - it's just our bad luck that they keep producing garbage. I mean, I'd watch the heck out of a Planet of the Apes musical if it was well-done. Whether "musical" is the best medium by which to tell the story is another matter, but let's be honest, Turn Off The Dark sucking has a lot less to do with its origin than with its production.
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Human Centipede: The Musical
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Koyaanisqatsi.
ggersten
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ok finebydesign - here's one in a parker/stone kind of musical.
I didn't have to...but I did it anyway
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Jurassic Park
Everything in life...is only for now.
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Wymbish, just imagine the wonderful kick-line number though!

The Serbian Movie.
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Patti LuPone FANatic
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NO to any musicals associated with any Adam Sandler film. UGH.
Susan Haskins (Theatre Talk): "I love children. That's why I work with Michael (Riedel)."
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BILLY MADISON: THE OPERA
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Eurotrash
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Planet of the Apes, the second film, could be rather brilliant. Only two apes.
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MURIEL'S WEDDING
THE BIG CHILL, etc.

Such movies are ALREADY musicals; even though the music is largely in the underscoring, it is as central to the story of such films as any character. The fact that the characters don't sing while walking down the street is beside the point.

And, yes, I know P.J. Hogan has announced a stage version of MURIEL. The man needs to be convinced that while lighting doesn't strike twice in the same place, an artist with his talent can come up with one more good idea.
jiff
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Psycho
Although it would be nice in the final scene where Norman Bates is given a blanket and says "thank you" in his mother's voice, if he sang a "Liaison" type song:
"At the villa of the Baron De Signac, Where I spent a somewhat infamous year ...etc."
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Mattbrain
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The Room! I don't need to hear a five minute ballad called "You Ah Tearing Me Apaht, Lisa".
Butters, go buy World of Warcraft, install it on your computer, and join the online sensation before we all murder you. --Cartman: South Park ATTENTION FANS: I will be played by James Barbour in the upcoming musical, "BroadwayWorld: The Musical."
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Truman Capote's:

IN COLD BLOOD
brdway411
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M*A*S*H the musical.
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The Pianist
Antichrist
The 400 Blows
Dr. Strangelove
Rosemary's Baby
Y Tu Mamá También
La Vie d'Adèle
The Social Network
Fight Club
Requiem for a Dream
etc. etc.
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mjohnson2
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The Pianist
Antichrist
The 400 Blows
Dr. Strangelove
Rosemary's Baby
Y Tu Mamá También
La Vie d'Adèle
The Social Network
Fight Club
Requiem for a Dream
etc. etc.
Anything regarding shows stated by this account is an attempt to convey opinion and not fact.
LittleEdieFan
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Bowling for Columbine, sung through of course.
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henrikegerman
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Cameron Macintosh presents

SAMANTHA BARKS WILL CHASE

BREAKING THE WAVES

a new musical
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LOL henrik
CHURCH DOOR TOUCAN GAY MARKETING PUPPIES MUSICAL THEATER STAPLES PERIOD CUM OIL
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chewy5000
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I'm getting a weird, reverse psychology vibe from this thread. So, in that case:

JAWS
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...

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