"You know, La La Land is already a huge success. It's probably going to sweep up at the Oscars this year. What should we do with it after that, Erik?"
"Well, Bob, we should definitely not turn it into a touring stage musical which will visit everywhere from L.A. to Broadway before going global and making literally all the money in the history of the world. Let's just leave it be."
You can file the above under "words which have definitely never been said at the offices of Lionsgate," after Entertainment Weekly broke the joyous news this week that the studio behind this year's original hit musical are looking to turn the film into a touring musical off the back of its enormous box office success.
The idea of putting #LaLaLand on the stage, with its heart-wrenching love story, old school Hollywood-homaging visuals and superb quota of memorable original songs (composed mostly by Justin Hurwitz and sung by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone), feels like such a blindingly obvious idea it's almost a surprise this is the first we're hearing of it. Let's face it — if, or rather when, La La Land does become a show, you'll be going to see it.
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That would also have a knock-on effect of keeping the movie in the public eye for years to come, which should give Lionsgate plenty to sing about.
The next major milestone for La La Land is the announcement of the Academy Award nominations on January 24, before the #Oscars ceremony itself on February 26.
Would you go and see a La La Land musical on stage, or would you rather not?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)