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

October 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

‘Memphis’ coming to the big screen — and more movie musicals

“Memphis,” the Tony Award-winning musical that had a pre-Broadway run at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in 2009, is headed for the big screen. The show, set in the 1950s, follows a white DJ who loves R&B music — and a black singer. Joe DiPietro, who wrote the book and lyrics for the stage musical, will write the screenplay; no word yet on casting, on on when production might begin.
And now, while we all take a moment to hum a tune our favorite tune from the upcoming “Les Miserables” (“On my own, pretennnnding he’s be-e-si-i-de me . . . .”), here’s a quick look at some other high-profile movie musicals supposedly on the way:
— The screen version of “Wicked” will be directed by Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliott”). No other news yet.
— Ditto for “Jersey Boys” and Jon Favreau.
— Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) will direct the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods,” and rumor had it, earlier this month, that Meryl Streep was in talks to play the witch. Ooh!
— “Spring Awakening” is supposedly coming to the screen, directed by McG (“Charlie’s Angels”). There was a flurry of talk early in the year that Lea Michele would star in the film, but nothing’s been confirmed.
— The new version of “Gypsy,” with Barbra Streisand as Mama Rose (and yes, she’s too old, but she was too old for “Yentl” too and that worked out), is underway, with Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”) at work on the screenplay.
— Clint Eastwood is at work on a remake of “A Star Is Born,” which hit a snag last week when Beyonce, who had been set for the leading role, announced that she was dropping out of the project. Word is that Eastwood is now considering Esperanza Spaulding for the part, and is considering the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, and Bradley Cooper for the male lead.

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