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What Will Be The Next Movie Based On A Musical Based on a Movie?

Footloose  When Hollywood produced the movie version of the musical version of the Mel Brooks classic The Producers (a movie about a failed Broadway musical, to make things even more meta), it sounded to me like something from The Onion reflecting on the lack of original ideas in recent years, both on stage and on film. But it was for real, and was then followed by the film adaptation of the musical adaptation of the John Waters film Hairspray. And now Hollywood is doing it again, with Footloose, slated for a 2011 release. With no end in sight to the phenomenon, I have to wonder—what will be the next blockbuster film adaptation of a musical ripped off from Hollywood?


Here are some of the more ridiculous options:

Legally Blonde: The Musical: The Movie
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Bend and snap! Hey, maybe this wouldn't be such a bad idea after all? Reese Witherspoon could reprise the role of Elle Woods in the musical version—after all, she proved her singing chops in Walk the Line. That said, I'm inclined to place a much younger Dianna Agron (Quinn from Glee) in the role of the seemingly-ditzy Harvard Law student. 

Oh god, Hollywood. I hope you don't think I really think I want this project to happen. It would be a disaster. Please, do not take this as actual advice. 

The Wedding Singer: The Musical: The Movie
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The problem (as I see it) with this particular musical  of a movie is that the writers chose to use original music rather than following the Footloose route and culling from the movie's awesome 80s soundtrack. The only songs taken from the movie were the Sandler songs—"Somebody Kill Me" and "I Want to Grow Old With You."

Though I tire of jukebox musicals, The Wedding Singer's soundtrack is so full of new wave awesomeness, it's really a shame the musical version didn't have the same. Then again, the idea of a Broadway rendition of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" kinda makes my tummy ache. Never mind.

The Addams Family: The Musical: The Movie

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This would probably be the most ridiculous adaptation of them all. A movie based on a musical based on a movie based on a television series based on an old cartoon? Even if the reviews for the musical weren't kind of dismal (except the praise given to stars Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane who could probably make even a musical version of
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo somewhat bearable), this just can't ever happen. Then again, they're making a musical of Spiderman, so anything is—unfortunately—possible.







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