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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

‘Wicked,’ ‘Jersey Boys’ movie musicals on the way

(In answer to the question everyone is asking me this week: no, I haven’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises” yet. It’ll be Tuesday. In IMAX. I can’t wait, but I’ll have to.)
(And, in other parentheses — thunder and lightning outside! I do love having a window.)
Meanwhile, in the magical world of movie musicals, two biggies are making news this week: Word is that Stephen Daldry, the Oscar-nominated director of “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” and “The Reader” (and a Tony winner for “An Inspector Calls”), is in talks to direct the movie version of “Wicked,” the smash-hit Wizard-of-Oz-ish musical that’s been playing to big audiences on Broadways since 2004. It will be produced by Marc Platt (“Drive,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Nine” — and, according to his IMDb page, a member of his college glee club). Casting for this one, once they get to it, will be fascinating (and potentially controversial, as I’m guessing the filmmakers won’t feel an obligation to cast the Broadway originals); stay tuned.
And Jon Favreau, who recently disgraced himself with “Cowboys & Aliens” (but who also made the “Iron Man” movies; the first of which was pretty good), is in negotiations to direct “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,” based on the musical “Jersey Boys,” which opened on Broadway in 2005. Meanwhile, “Les Miserables” is set to open in theaters in December; the “Gypsy” remake with Barbra Streisand (scripted by Julian Fellowes) appears to be moving along, and I haven’t heard a thing in ages about the movie remakes of “My Fair Lady” and “Damn Yankees,” which I’m guessing means both of those projects are dead in the water. Which is probably just as well.

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