Wednesday, October 21, 2009

'Miss Saigon' Coming to the big screen in 2011?

In more musical related news, it seems that a film version of 'Miss Saigon' may be making its way to the big screen. Personally, I am huge fan of the show. I even wrote, on my own and not endorsed, a screen adaption of the musical around 11 years ago. I knew no one who could even attempt getting it made, let alone securing the rights. I just wanted to challenge myself and try. Variety is reporting that Director Lee Daniels ('Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire', 'Shadowboxer') is in discussion with producers Paula Wagner and Cameron Mackintosh to adapt it for the big screen. Paula Wagner is the once agent and producing partner of Tom Cruise and Cameron is the original producer of the stage version of the show. According to Variety:

The movie will be faithful to Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s tale of the tragic love story of a Vietnamese bar girl and an American soldier before the fall of Saigon in 1975. “Miss Saigon,” which opened on the West End in 1989 and played on Broadway for nearly ten years, has been performed in 25 countries.
At this time there doesn't seem to be a studio attached to the picture. This could greatly hinder financing for what would be an epic size movie. I only hope that they don't go for stunt casting just to secure money. I'm not sure the world is prepared for 'Miss Saigon' starring Mily Cyrus and Zac Efron. What say you? Who would you like to see cast as Chris, Kim and The Engineer? I see Ewan McGregor, Ziyi Zhang and Chow Yun Fat.

Take the jump to Variety.com more.

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