Caught this bit of news via Bloody-disgusting.com
In what could potentially go horribly wrong or amazingly right, Guillermo Del Toro plans to produce along side English film/theater producer Robert Fox and film producer Gary Ungar, a musical based on a stage version of Pan’s Labyrinth written by Guillermo and Jeremy Ungar. But wait, it get’s better, he’s bringing on legendary writer Paul William’s (Phantom of the Paradise,Rainy Days and Mondays) and composer Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Motorcycle Diaries) to score the entire show. This sounds amazing!
Del Toro has been working quietly on this for four years, interviewing directors, librettists and composers. Del Toro, Williams and Santaolalla are also working on songs for the animated Reel FX film Day Of The Dead, which is in advanced stages of production.
“I admire and love Gustavo and Paul wrote the perfect album in Phantom Of The Paradise, which I have loved for decades,” said del Toro, who just wrapped Pacific Rim for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros and who’ll next direct the haunted house tale Crimson Peak for Legendary.
Said Santaolalla: “I’m so excited about translating Guillermo’s magical vision into music and songs. I’m such a longtime fan of both Guillermo and Paul that to work on this with them is truly a dream come true.”
Fox, the London-based producer whose credits include everything from The Boy From Oz, The Pillowman, Frost/Nixon to Burn This and Gypsy, has set as general managers Bespoke Theatrical’s Nina Lannan and Maggie Brohn.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Guillermo and the terrific creative team that we have put together to bring the wonderful film of Pan’s Labyrinth to the stage as a musical,” Fox said.
I would make several trips back to New York or London to see this show if this comes together. With this many talented people, they could very well usher in a new generation of musicals, kind like that time in the seventies when so many were on Broadway Pippin, Godspell,Dreamgirls, The Wiz. I’m not holding my breath, given the potential for total failure…Spiderman, but I will keep my fingers crossed.