Category: Theater


Whew, another project for Anna Kendrick. Reports are that she’s joined “Into the Woods”, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Obviously we know she has singing chops, which she showed off in “Pitch Perfect”. She’ll play Cinderella in the film that,(from Firstshowing.net): mashes-up classic fairy tales and revolves around a baker and his wife, to be played by James Corden and Emily Blunt. They attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront The Witch, played by Meryl Streep, who put the spell on them. Along their journey they meet classic characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack and Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, Cinderella is married to a vain prince…”

The film also stars James Corden, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine and Meryl Streep. Rob Marshall (“Chicago”, “Nine”) is directing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

George Lucas (“Star Wars”) and Steven Spielberg (“War of the Worlds”, “Lincoln”) spoke at USC talking about the movie industry. And what they said wasn’t very encouraging to movie fans like me. As more and more studios make expensive, $200 million+  dollar blockbusters instead of smaller films, Spielberg said there will be  “an implosion where three or four or maybe even half a dozen of these mega-budgeted movies are going to go crashing into the ground.”

Lucas said going to the movies will be like going to a Broadway show, along with Broadway like prices of $150 or maybe even more.

“Everything else is going to look more like cable television on TiVo,” Lucas said.

That would be bad. I’m already nearly priced out of going to the movies as it is.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

At one point, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman were going to co-star in “Jane Got a Gun” before the film lost its director, lost Fassbender and gained Jude Law. Now Portman has joined the cast of “Macbeth” and will play Lady Macbeth. Here’s to hoping the two stay on the project this time!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Fassbender joins Macbeth

Michael Fassbender has wowed audiences so far with roles in “Inglourious Basterds”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Shame” and a lot more. Now Fassbender will play Macbeth in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play. It looks promising from the same company that made “The King’s Speech”. But who plays Lady M is probably equally as important as landing Fassbender.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Looper”) have worked together on “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” and “Stop-Loss”. You can add a third movie to that list, though this one will be far different. The two are set to star in a remake of “Guys & Dolls”, which is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning stage play. From Firstshowing.net: The story follows Nathan Detroit (Tatum) who bets his friend Sky Masterson (Gordon-Levitt) that he can’t get a wholesome female missionary to go to Havana with him. But what he doesn’t tell him is that the winnings from this bet would fund a floating craps game in a town full of gamblers during the 20s.

No word on a director or writer.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the creator of some of Broadway’s best musicals like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” could be teaming up with…Tenacious D? Yep. Webber could be working with Jack Black on a “School of Rock” musical. Which I suppose makes sense given the musical nature of the film, which was directed by Richard Linklater. Webber said they may need to write original songs because getting the rights to some of the songs used, including songs by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Pink Floyd, could be costly.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Mama”) has signed on for the upcoming film “Miss Julie”. The film is an adaptation of a battle-of-the-sexes stage play and will costar Colin Farell! It sounds more like a comedy, though I’m not familiar with the play. But these are two talented actors so I have high hopes!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The good news for fans of the “Annie” remake is it now has Will Gluck as a director. Gluck directed “Easy A” and “Friends With Benefits”. The bad news is Willow Smith is no longer attached, meaning the project needs a new Annie. The project has a lot of star power behind it with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith producing so I’m guessing it won’t take too long for this project to find a replacement.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Tina Fey fans are probably sad that “30 Rock” is no more. But here’s some news that should make countless people out there happy. Fey teased a “Mean Girls” musical before the show. Here’s what she had to say:

“Maybe! We want to. I would love to.”

Fey also said that she thinks Paramount is on board. The film, which has become a classic to a lot of people, starred Lindsey Lohan and more. Fey even teased (jokingly) about Mariah Carey’s possible involvement.

At first glance, making a comedy into a musical doesn’t seem like a natural step. Then again, just look at “Hairspray” and “The Producers”, both of which went from comedy to stage musical to movie musical.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” is one of my favorite films of all time. It’s a dark, uncompromising emotional fairy tale that is nothing short of a masterpiece. Now, Del Toro says he has been working for the last four years to bring that to the stage in the form of a musical.

From IGN (vis Deadline):

He’s written the book for the show along with Jeremy Ungar; meanwhile, two-time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla is writing the music with Paul Williams being hired as the show’s librettist. Del Toro is also producing alongside Robert Fox and Gary Ungar. Fox has a theatrical background, counting The Pillowman, Frost/Nixon and Gypsy among his credits.

As big of a fan as I am about the movie, I just can’t see this working as a musical. But perhaps I’m wrong.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.