The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye and BroadwayWorld.com are reporting director Danny Boyle has signed on to direct an upcoming contemporary movie musical.
That’s right. A movie musical. Of course, if any good, it will be turned into a stage musical like “An American in Paris,” “Newsies,” “Kinky Boots,” and click here for more.
Could this have anything to do with the success — yes, success — of Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman,” a musical released last December (and still showing in U.S. movie theaters) which grossed a worldwide total of $378 million, against a production budget of $84 million.
The film, unofficially titled “All You Need Is Love” centers on the life of a struggling UK musician. Richard Curtis will be writing the screenplay.This is good because he’s one of Britain’s most successful comedy screenwriters, known primarily for romantic comedy films including “Four Weddings and a Funeral ” (1994), “Notting Hill“(1999), “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001), and “Love Actually” (2003). He is also known for having co-written hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British
charity Comic Relief with Lenny Henry. He is also known for the drama War Horse (2011).
Actor Himesh J. Patel, best know for his work on the BBC series, “EastEnders,” has already been cast in the film which currently is in pre-production at Working Title and Universal Pictures and is expected to begin shooting in the UK this summer.