We’re almost surprised it hasn’t happened sooner.
One of the most well-known and beloved international films of the last two decades, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s quirky and whimsical rom-com Amélie – is set to be brought to the stage with a musical adaptation.
Don’t go expecting Director Jeunet to be walking the red carpet at opening night however, after he openly declared his aversion to musical theatre in a recent radio interview, stating ‚ÄúI hate Broadway. I think it is the very incarnation of tackiness…I can tell you that I will not go to see it, I don’t even want to hear about it‚Äù.
He candidly revealed that he has chosen to forgo his distaste for all things toe-tapping and chorus-singing in order to use the funds raised to finance some much needed medical treatment for children.
“For a long time I resisted, I turned down every offer. But 10 years later, there’s a bit of a crisis. I support an organisation called Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiac (Heart Surgery Patronage). It costs 10,000 ($A14,927.60) to save a child, I have already helped to save a good dozen children, and then I thought this could be an opportunity to save more” he said.
The musical tale of the eccentric film that catapulted Audrey Tautou to international stardom will be written by playwright Craig Lucas. Tune wise – expect some deviation from the certain ‚Äòje ne sais quoi’ and nod to traditional French music of the film’s original score. Song-writer Dan Messe has stated that ‚ÄúI’m not interested in doing Parisian music. I don’t think I’m even going to use accordion in my score.‚Äù
What are your thoughts on this upcoming adaptation – Exhilaration? Disappointment?