The Coen Brothers' new movie, the music-heavy comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis, hits theaters this weekend, and they're prepping a new project with a more comedic tone. The Coens were scant about details when talking to Vulture about the movie, but they described it as "a musical comedy" set in the world of opera. They added that it's "not a musical per se" but that it does feature "what might be considered more traditional musical numbers" than the folk songs in Inside Llewyn Davis.
The Coens, who last made a music-heavy comedy with 2000's O Brother, Where Art Thou?, said this new musical comedy is "one of the two things [...]
Tina Fey told reporters in January that she was hoping to develop a Mean Girls musical, and now her husband/composer Jeff Richmond revealed to Vulture that "It's actually becoming a thing!" Richmond added, "We're taking meetings with people; I've profiled Broadway folks, who are talking to us about it. It's a long process — a year, two years, however long it might take. We watch Smash, so we know how it works!" While none of the play has been written yet, he says they're working on figuring the structure of the story. "I think there will be a fair amount of songs to move the action forward," [...]
Edgar Wright says his next film is "kind of like a musical" and also "slightly a departure." Cool, that clears up approximately nothing. Here are some loglines I've narrowed it down to, under the framework of this plentiful new information:
- Musicalmost: it's like a musical, but every time the characters are about to break into song, they don't
- a super-serious, non-musical biopic about Winston Churchill's albino second cousin Rodney Churchill
- a traditional Broadway musical about anthropomorphized weather phenomenon. The scene where El Niño meets the Santa Ana winds is…stormy (hey-o!!)
- PUNk: a hard-rock opera about the underground music scene in early 70s London that [...]
According to Deadline, Universal and Gold Circle have acquired worldwide rights to Pitch Perfect, "a musical comedy set in the world of college a cappella groups," continuing the current Glee-fueled trend for all things polyphonic. SNL's Kay Cannon is writing the screenplay, based on the nonfiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.