From the news that two of the twentieth century’s most beloved cult classics will be getting the musical treatment, to exciting news about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the release of the final trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s been a whirlwind seven days in the world of cinema. Join us as we round up the top movie news from the past week.
Groundhog Day and The Man Who Fell To Earth to hit Broadway
The trend for adapting much-loved films into hit Broadway musicals shows no sign of slowing down. This week it was announced that David Bowie is in the process of writing a new stage musical called Lazarus, based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, which itself was adapted into a successful movie in 1973 starring Bowie in the lead role.
The new show will be co-written by Bowie alongside Enda Walsh, who brought Oscar-winning film Once from screen to stage. Bowie is working on a range of new songs for the show, which is due to open at the New York Theatre Workshop in late 2015.
Modern classic Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray plays a weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over, is also hitting the stage. Set to open on in March 2017, the musical will be penned by Tim Minchin, the comedy composer who wrote the songs for award-winning West End show Matilda. It is believed the team behind Matilda, director Matthew Warchus, set designer Rob Howell and choreographer Peter Darling will also be on board.
Minchin, writing on his blog, said the musical will be “both instantly recognizable, and utterly different”. Minchin explained the show “has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags”.
With Minchin and his Matilda collaborators on board and a beloved movie as its inspiration, it will be interesting to see how this one pans out. In the original 1993 movie, music is used to great effect to emphasise how Murray’s character Phil is stuck in the time loop: he wakes up every day to the sound of ‘I Got You Babe’, by Sonny & Cher. Whether this song will feature remains to be seen, but it seems certain that Minchin, with his penchant for dark humour and his clever song writing, is perfectly suited to bring Groundhog Day to the stage.
Updates on Guardians of the Galaxy 2
It seemed a given that 2014’s mega hit Guardians of the Galaxy would be getting a sequel. In fact Marvel were so confident about the endearing appeal of their latest venture that the movie ended with the assertion that the Guardians would return. This week, director James Gunn conducted a live Q&A session in which he revealed more information about the highly anticipated sequel.
Gunn revealed that the five principal actors who make up the Guardians – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista – would all return.
Gunn has almost completed script writing and confirmed that Scottish actress Karen Gillan would return in the sequel as Nebula, the conflicted sister of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. The original movie was filmed in London, but the sequel will move its shoot to Atlanta. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is due to be released in May 2017. In the meantime, keep checking back to Culturefly for more news on the highly anticipated film.
Final Trailer Released for Avengers: Age of Ultron
In preparation for the upcoming 23 April release date, Marvel has released the final trailer for Age of Ultron, the sequel to the hugely successful Avengers. The action-packed preview highlights each of the main characters in turn, reminding audiences who the Avengers are and introducing the new characters: Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, as well as the villain, Ultron.
Robert Downey Jr., who reprises his role as Iron Man, used the upcoming movie to help raise money for Julia’s House, a children’s hospice charity he has supported for some time. In a bid to help raise more money for the foundation, Downey Jr. wrote on his Facebook page: “If we reach our $2m goal by midnight on Monday, all donors will find a NEVER BEFORE SEEN CLIP from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in their inboxes on Tuesday.”