McG Bringing Broadway's Spring Awakening to Theaters?
by Alex Billington
April 13, 2009
McG really is a jack of all trades, isn't he? As announced via Hollywood Reporter tonight, the filmmaker is set to bring the Broadway rock musical Spring Awakening to the big screen, developing it with original book and lyrics writer Steven Sater. Set in 19th-century Germany, the coming-of-age story follows a group of teens discovering their sexuality and dealing with topics like masturbation, abortion, rape and suicide. Yes, this is the very same production that McG wants to the bring to the big screen. He may even make it without a studio at first, "in order to make a more intimate, or indeed an edgier, movie version." Is this a big hoax?
The music for Spring Awakening was written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. The show is based on an 1891 German play and opened on Broadway in 2006, winning multiple Tony Awards. McG actually has a background in music: he got his start as a songwriter (he produced Sugar Ray's first album and co-wrote songs on the second) then as a music video director. Despite that background, this seems like an odd choice, especially when he's being offered the Terminator Salvation sequels and gigs like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Although I've got a feeling he may only produce in the end, which he's already attached to do.