Universal Wants Marc Webb for Another Jesus Christ Superstar?
Even more musicals from Universal? The Risky Biz Blog is reporting that Universal is looking to develop a remake of Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway musical turned movie from the 70's. The studio has been talking with 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb (who blogged for us recently) because of his success with that movie and his music video background. Although they're also saying that "the studio and Webb are not in active negotiations at the moment." The good news is that Universal is looking at other directors as well - because the truth is that I really don't want Webb to follow-up 500 Days with a musical.
Jesus Christ Superstar is a musical that presents the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner. It highlights the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus and even includes hippies as well as other modern "attitudes and sensibilities." Apparently Webb is actually a fan of Jesus Christ Superstar and has been interested in working on a rock opera version of it that "mixes spiritual uplift with the pop-music type." Maybe it's just me, but this is one of those kind of movies where I probably won't care about it until I see a trailer, as I'm don't really care about the original musical at all. But who knows?
Whatever Webb ends up directing next, whether it's Jesus Christ Superstar or The Spectacular Now, I'm sure I'll follow it closely. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of musicals, I am a big fan of Marc Webb, and not just because he blogged for us. We'll let you know what happens with him next and this musical.