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Last year’s NBC ratings hit and social-media phenom “The Sound of Music: Live!” validated the power of traditional television even as VOD and streaming nibble at broadcast’s heels, so it’s no surprise that the Peacock is coming back for more, with a live-performance telecast, Dec. 4, of the original musical “Peter Pan.”
But there will be differences. “(With ‘Sound of Music’) we were doing the ’50s stage version,’ ” says musical director David Chase, who worked on both shows. “ ‘Peter Pan’ is quite different … It’s really being re-thought to accommodate the specifics of TV.”
This means such changes as adjusting the lyrics and sounds of the drum-thumping song “Ugg-a-Wugg” to find a politically correct way to address the original tale’s Native American stereotypes.
- Whitney Friedlander
Manuel here to bring some Hollywood-tinged stage-bound news to give us a brief respite from the fun that is Hollywood awards season.
Cindy Lauper and Kinky Boots, Elton John and Billy Elliot, Alan Menken and Sister Act, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bring it On, Marc Shaiman and Catch Me if You Can. It seems as if Broadway is on a movie-adaptation streak, no? Movie based adaptations have won seven of the past fourteen Tony Awards for Best Musical! This season alone will see Honeymoon in Vegas (based on the 1992 film of the same name), musicals based on Oscar-winning films Dr Zhivago (which recently announced its star) and Gigi (for what it's worth, its pre-Broadway engagement stars Vanessa Hudgens), as well as Bull Durham. Down the line we’re still expecting First Wives Club, Amelie, American Psycho, The Bodyguard and Ever After to make it to New York in the near future. »
- Manuel Betancourt
Rita Ora will perform on Matthew Morrison's new album. The 'Glee' actor is thrilled the ''talented'' 'I Will Never Let You Down' singer will perform on the concept LP for his new stage musical 'Finding Neverland'. Tweeting a picture of himself and Rita backstage at the American Music Awards at the weekend, Matthew wrote on Monday (24.11.14): ''Such a great time at the American Music Awards last night with my friend Rita Ora. She's on the Finding Neverland - The New Musical concept soundtrack. Talented!! (sic)'' The pair were seen at the awards ceremony making music with 'Ray' star Jamie Foxx and his daughter. A source told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: ''They were singing an a cappella version of Iggy Azalea's 'Black Widow' with Jamie Foxx and his daughter, Annalise.'' As well as Rita, Jessie J will also feature »
With the monitoring of e-mails and phone calls a hot topic of late, now seems like the perfect time for a new take on George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is developing the film with Paul Greengrass slated to direct based on a script by Finding Neverland writer James Graham. Scott Rudin is producing, which is a reunion of sorts for Greengrass. Rudin and the filmmaker previously worked on the Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips. Orwell’s tale about a dystopian future where “Big Brother” is watching your every move has become more and more real thanks to increases in technology and our constant fear of terror attacks in the wake of 9/11. This could be the perfect time for a new version of the classic tale to hit the screen...
- Mike Bracken
Bourne director Paul Greengrass is set to take on the upcoming 1984 remake for Sony Pictures.
Based on George Orwell's classic 1948 novel, 1984 is set in a futuristic world where individuality and privacy are outlawed. Citizens are forced to live in service to an all-seeing entity referred to as "Big Brother." The story follows a man tasked with rewriting history. He rebels after falling in love with a woman, which is considered a dangerous endeavor in his dystopian society. John Hurt played the lead in Michael Radford's 1984 version. Michael Anderson also directed a version of the tale in 1956. It is not known how this version of the story will be updated for today's surveillance encumbered social climate.
Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are producing, with James Graham (Finding Neverland) set as the screenwriter. Rudin and Paul Greengrass previously teamed on the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. They are next »
In addition to returning to the Jason Bourne franchise with Matt Damon at Universal, director Paul Greengrass is in the midst of setting up another project over at Sony Pictures. Deadline has word that Greengrass is attached to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel 1984, a seminal piece of literature that takes place in a world where surveillance is unavoidable as a perpetual war rages on. The term Big Brother, used to reference government oversight and surveillance comes from this very novel, and in an age of drones, phone hacking, the Nsa's violation of privacy, it's more relevant than ever. The film is in the nascent stages as no actors are attached to the project yet, and James Graham (the man who wrote the musical adaptation of Finding Neverland), will adapt the book. Scott Rudin, who just teamed with Greengrass as producer on Captain Phillips, will produce the cautionary tale, »
- Ethan Anderton
“Big Brother is Watching You," wrote George Orwell in his eternal novel "1984." If only the author had lived to see "Citizenfour." As the age of Nsa snooping comes into the light, Orwell’s dystopian novel remains as pertinent as ever (this month, an Egyptian college student was arrested while carrying a copy of the novel, a move many reporters saw as a moment of life-imitating-art). Sony Pictures agrees: The studio has setup a new adaptation of the film with the project-hoarding Paul Greengrass attached to direct. Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum will produce the project, Deadline reports. "1984" follows the lead character Winston Smith as he rebels against the hellish bureaucracy of Airstrip One. Overpowering its citizens with surveillance, manipulation, propaganda, and legal action — any independent thinking is consider a "thoughtcrime" — the dream-prone Winston slips away from the oppressive government to encounter romance and freedom, paying the price when Big Brother catches him in the act. »
- Matt Patches
Paul Greengrass will direct a new film adaptation of George Orwell's 1984.
The Bourne Ultimatum director will take the lead on the Sony Pictures project, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Meanwhile, Matt Damon recently confirmed that he and Greengrass will return to the Bourne franchise for a new film, due out in 2016.
Watch the trailer for John Hurt's 1984 below: »
The last adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 saw John Hurt taking on the role of Winston Smith, with Michael Radford directing. Fittingly, that was released in 1984. Fast forward 30 years, and another take on the classic novel is coming, but this time with Paul Greengrass at the helm.
Greengrass, whose next project is set to be his return to the world of Jason Bourne (having previously helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum), has been linked to the project by Deadline. Sony Pictures is funding the new 1984, and James Graham, who previously penned Finding Neverland, is currently on scripting duties.
Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are attached as producers, The earliest we'd imagine the watchful eye of Big Brother could return to the screen would be 2017, assuming the next Bourne film takes priority for Greengrass. »
Paul Greengrass is looking to bring George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984 back to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the British director is taking charge of the Sony Pictures project, with Scott Rudin on board to produce with Gina Rosenblum. James Graham, who wrote the book for the Finding Neverland musical, will take on writing duties. With the project still in its early stages, no actors have yet been cast. Deadline first reported the news. Read more Paul Greengrass Talks Hollywood Anxiety, 'Difficult' Directors, Importance of Strong Guilds Orwell's tale tells of a world where due to
- Abid Rahman
Sony is looking to remake George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984, and they’ve brought Paul Greengrass on board to direct. Joining the Captain Phillips helmer will be Scott Rudin on producing duties and Finding Neverland‘s James Graham penning the script.
No word on casting yet, but with such an attractive batch of talent behind the camera, you can bet that this one is going to draw some pretty big names. Maybe Greengrass will get his buddy Matt Damon on board for yet another big screen outing? Only time will tell.
Personally, while I think that Paul Greengrass is an excellent director, and count Captain Phillips as one of my favorite films the past several years, I’m not sure he’s the one to be remaking 1984. It’s not exactly a story that would benefit from his directorial style, (or at least, I don’t see how it »
- Matt Joseph
Given how paranoid we all feel now about government snooping, CCTV and drones, it seems like the perfect time for someone to mount a new, big-budget cinematic version of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984. Enter Paul Greengrass, who is attached to direct one for Sony.Orwell’s book, first published in 1949, posited a fever dream of a society in constant war that kept changing history and turned its citizens into mindless worker bees, has never seemed more prescient. It’s been adapted several times before, most notable in Michael Radford’s 1984 effort, where John Hurt played Winston Smith, the man who decides to take a stand and is cruelly oppressed for his efforts.Scott Rudin is producing the new version, and Finding Neverland stage show writer James Graham is aboard to work on the script. It’ll be sitting on Greengrass’ to-do list for a while, though, as he »
Here are two bold predictions about what will not be coming to Broadway anytime soon: Duck Dynasty: The Musical, and Allison Williams as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. Anything else you read about either show is speculation. Kindly unknot your knickers.
First, the Duck decoy: The New York Times did a rather extraordinary favor on Thursday for the producers of a Las Vegas revue based on A&E’s Duck Dynasty franchise. The Times put this very silly story on page A1 and, in the headline, attached the word “Broadway” to the enterprise. This caused a number of otherwise sane theater denizens to foam at the mouth over the prospect of an invasion by reckless red-state redneck homophobes into the sacred PC precincts of Times Square, which must by any means necessary be kept safe for the roving gangs of Elmos, Batmen and premium-price ticket sellers desperately trying to sink their hooks, »
- Jeremy Gerard
Finding Neverland found its J.M. Barrie in Glee's Matthew Morrison, and now it has added another notable name. Fraiser's Kelsey Grammer will play Charles Frohman, the producer played by Dustin Hoffman in the 2004 film. Grammer last appeared on Broadway in the 2010 revival of La Cage Aux Folles. "I couldn't be more thrilled that Kelsey is joining our cast as Charles Frohman, J.M Barrie's producer," Finding Neverland's producer Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. "He might be the best theater producer on Broadway this season! I was an investor in La Cage when Kelsey did it and he »
- Esther Zuckerman
Kelsey Grammer’s last stint in a Broadway musical earned him a Tony nomination for his role as a St. Tropez drag club owner in the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles. He returns in the spring as a more orthodox theatrical impresario, the London stage producer trying to dissuade J.M. Barrie from writing a children’s fairy tale in Finding Neverland. Adapted from the 2004 Miramax film of the same title, which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, the musical begins previews March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with opening night scheduled for April 15. The show recounts
- David Rooney
Anna Kendrick isn’t offended by people who don’t think she’s pretty, Ben Savage takes a 180 turn from his Girl Meets World role, Matthew Morrison will return to Broadway, and more in today’s Last Lap.
In the December issue of Marie Claire, Anna Kendrick says, “All the boys in my high school [would] agree with you,” if you said she wasn’t pretty. [E!] Ben Savage will play a young Gideon on Criminal Minds. [TV Guide] Glee hunk Matthew Morrison will return to Broadway in Finding Neverland. [ArtsBeat] Kelly Osbourne continues to mourn the loss of Joan Rivers. [Today]
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- Taylor Ferber
The rumors are confirmed: Glee star Matthew Morrison will return to Broadway after a five-year absence, starring as J.M. Barrie in the new musical Finding Neverland. Based on the 2004 Miramax movie of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, by Allan Knee, the show will begin previews on March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with opening night set for April 15. Producer Harvey Weinstein announced Morrison's casting on Monday, following weeks of speculation. While the lead role had been played by Jeremy Jordan during Finding Neverland's sold-out
- David Rooney
Matthew Morrison, the Broadway alum who’s currently wrapping up his final season on “Glee,” will take over the lead role in “Finding Neverland,” the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical that opens in the spring.
Morrison, whose legit credits include “Hairspray,” “Light in the Piazza” and “South Pacific,” returns to the part in “Neverland” after playing it in workshops of the developing production. He’ll play J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, in the adaptation of the 2004 Miramax film by book writer James Graham and songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy.
Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies,” “Smash”) played Barrie in the musical’s tryout production this summer at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Jordan received generally positive reviews from critics, but word of Morrison’s takeover of the role had begun to filter through the industry over the last couple of months.
Morrison joins “Neverland” with the national TV profile he cultivated on “Glee, »
- Gordon Cox
Glee's Matthew Morrison is making his return to Broadway as the star of Finding Neverland. Morrison will play J.M. Barrie in the musical based on Allan Knee's play The Man Who Was Peter Pan and the 2004 film which starred Johnny Depp as the Peter Pan author. Morrison last appeared on Broadway in the 2008 revival of South Pacific, before he became known as Glee's Will Schuester. Morrison played Barrie when the show was being workshopped, but Jeremy Jordan took it on for its run at the American Repertory Theater this past summer. "We couldn’t be more thrilled »
- Esther Zuckerman
Matthew Morrison Returns To Broadway
Morrison, who is best known for playing Mr. Shue on Fox musical dramedy Glee, will soon be heading back to Broadway after achieving fame on the small screen, reported Entertainment Weekly. Finding Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein announced Morrison's involvement in the musical on Monday.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see Matthew returning to his Broadway roots and back to the role he created in our workshop,” Weinstein said in a statement. “He is wildly talented and a true leading man.”
Finding Neverland the musical is based off of Allan Knee’s play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, as well as the 2004 Finding Neverland movie that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Morrison first played the part of J.M. Barrie when the Finding Neverland musical was being workshopped back in February. »
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