What movies would make interesting musicals?

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  1. John Kilduff

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    They did it with "The Producers". They're doing it with "The Witches Of Eastwick". They will be doing it with "The Fearless Vampire Killers". I talk, of course, about turning movies into musicals. So, my question is...what movies do you think would make interesting (note: doesn't have to be good...just interesting) musicals? Screen, Broadway...it's your call! I'll start us off...
    -"Lethal Weapon"
    -"The Breakfast Club"
    -"Back To The Future"
    -"Fatal Attraction"
    -"Desperately Seeking Susan"
    -"The Terminator"
    -"Spaceballs"
    -"Wayne's World"
    -"Basic Instinct"
    -"Working Girl"
    So, what say you?
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  2. Jesse Skeen

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    Well, I tried starting a thread like this with little response, so I'll try it again here:
    I thought "Cast Away" would make a great musical- I've imagined one musical number shown split-screen with Tom Hanks singing on the island and Helen Hunt singing in the same song back home.
    Other musicals I'd like to see:
    Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal
    The Exorcist
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Planet of the Apes (something along the lines of 'Cats'?)
    Star Wars
    Towering Inferno
    Blair Witch Project (this might work better on stage come to think of it)
    Anxiously awaiting the DVD release of "Newsies" next year!!
     
  3. John Kilduff

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    Notes to Jesse Skeen:
    You know, I had thought similarly on a "Silence Of The Lambs" musical.
    Could anyone take a "POTA" musical seriously after that "Simpsons" episode?
    I've got a few more:
    -"Blind Date" (Hey, "Victor/Victoria" was a good Blake Edwards musical. I don't see why this wouldn't be. You could even rehire Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger for the main roles...they've both had singing experience. Questionable, yes, but...)
    -"Ruthless People" (The soundtrack would be a great source for songs...plus you could add originals as well. Only questions...How much would it cost to get Bette Midler to reprise her role, and who could fill in the roles played by Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater and Anita Morris?)
    -"Pretty Woman" (Once again, good soundtrack for songs, and originals could be added as well)
    -If the "Batman" musical happens, then how about a musical version of "Beetlejuice"?
    -I'm hoping that the rumors of an "Earth Girls Are Easy" musical are true. While the movie was sort of one on its own, I could definitely see another interpretation.
    -"Risky Business" (You know the drill...a mix of soundtrack songs and originals)
    This could be a lot of fun!
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    Jesse's got it right with Towering Inferno. In fact, any of the Irwin Allen disaster flicks, or any of the rip-offs thereof...
    Earthquake
    Posiedon Adventure
    Airport, and on and on
    Armegeddon anyone?
    Con Air
    Meteor
    Oh yes, how 'bout Close Encounters?
    And finally, nothing like a few show tunes to liven up that classic film where nothing happens that we all love so much... Duel. [​IMG]
    (this is a very sick exercise) [​IMG]
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    The Rock
    {cue music}
    Cha-Cha-Cha
    I'd take
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    I'd take pleasure
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    I'd take pleasure in guttin' you, boy
    This is a surreal thread
     
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    I got a great idea, let's remake A Streetcar Named Desire as...
    Oh, Streetcar...
    Oh wait, it's already been done before. [​IMG]
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    Night of the Living Dead, featuring the following hit songs:
    They're coming to get you (Barbra)
    Urrrggg....aahhhgggg!!!
    Harry, you're an asshole! (I hope you get eaten)
    What are they doing out there?
    A hungry little girl
    Johnny, is that you?
    (You gotta) shoot them in the head
    Another one for the fire
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  9. John Kilduff

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    One of the most demented threads of all time continues...
    How about musical versions of:
    -"Boogie Nights" (This has great potential as a camp classic)
    -"L.A Story"
    -"Angel Heart"
    -"The King Of Comedy"
    The insane ideas continue to flow.
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    Hey! I've always thought that Night of the Living Dead would make a good opera. It would be easy to stage and could have a scary requiem tone with the undead chorus and all. A musical probably wouldn't work.
     
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    Maniac the shotgun scene might be hard to pull off on stage though [​IMG]
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  13. John Kilduff

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    Okay, topic idea amended: It doesn't have to be a musical. If you think it'd work better as an opera, then that's okay.
    Hmm, movies as operas...
    For me, an obvious choice would be "Network". Dark themes run rampant throughout that movie, so why not make it a dark opera? End-of-the-world choruses, a love story...it could work.
    Perhaps "Fatal Attraction" would work better as an opera also. It relied on opera in several scenes, so the tools are already there.
    Back to musicals:
    "Poltergeist"
    "Say Anything"
    "Wall Street"
    "Broadcast News"
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    Bonfire of the Vanities would've been a LOT better as a musical. Same for Hudson Hawk!
     
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    I thought it was a musical! [​IMG]
    I am one of the five people on earth that liked that movie.
     
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    The music is just sooo good. Put this baby on Broadway!
     
  17. John Spencer

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    Deep Throat. Of course, a lot of the songs would just be people humming, and it wouldn't hold your interest for very long.....
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  18. Jesse Skeen

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    "Deep Throat" did have a few original songs, but they were just played during the movie, not actually sung onscreen. There actually was a "Deep Throat" soundtrack album out a while ago, been kicking myself for not getting it.
     
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    Because of the sheer quotability factor I would say that Army Of Darkness would be a prime candidate for a Rock-Opera the next time they release it on DVD, maybe next week?
    And It goes a little something like this:
    My Name Is Ash And I am A Slave [falsetto]
    I Banish Demons, With a Wink And A Wave
    I've Got A Chainsaw and my trusty Boomstick
    My Face Is Pretty And My Hair Is Slick
    [chorus]
    I'll Swall-ow your soul, I'll Swall-ow your soul
    Come Get Some, Come Get Some
    I'll Swall-ow your soul, I'll Swall-ow your soul
    Yo, She-bitch Let's Go!

    Nope, I'll stick to my day job.
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