Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Would Love' SUNSET BLVD Film, But No Current Plans
Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber joined iconic West End stage star Elaine Paige for her BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige ON SUNDAY this week and touched upon a wide range of topics, including his thoughts on bringing one of his most beloved stage properties to the silver screen, SUNSET BOULEVARD.
In response to a reader question, Lloyd Webber said of the film project, "I would love for a film to be made of SUNSET, but unfortunately the rights to the film are owned by Paramount, who made the original movie and so far talks with them have never lead to anything."
Lloyd Webber continued, remarking on his supreme satisfaction with the multi-award-winning musicalization, relating, "It's sad for me, because I think in many ways that SUNSET is the most complete musical that I've written - in the sense that the book and the music and everything come together, I think, in a way that some of the others don't."
Qualifying his statement, Lloyd Webber asserts, "Anyway, that's my sadness and maybe one day, the whole thing will get broken."
Additionally, Lloyd Webber addresses another upcoming project in the wide-ranging chat, also involving hallowed Hollywood studio Paramount, "I'm working with Paramount... I'm producing SCHOOL OF ROCK with them on stage, so maybe if they like what I do with that, they'll let me make SUNSET," Lloyd Webber optimistically opines.
Of note, see my InDepth InterView with Andrew Lloyd Webber with more of his thoughts on the proposed SUNSET BOULEVARD film and whether or not he thinks Madonna would be an apt choice for the titanic role of Norma Desmond, available here.
Check out the original BBC Radio 2 show here.