Robert Downey Jr Sets Up New Musical Comedy at Warner Bros
Looks like Robert Downey Jr. might start singing for his next project. Deadline reports that Warner Bros has closed a deal for a currently untitled musical comedy that is being developed for Downey Jr to star in. The script & lyrics will be written by Brian Yorkey and the music will be composed by Tom Kitt, the duo behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical Next to Normal, which was already in the news today when Rob Reiner talked about how he really wanted to adapt it into a movie. This new project is being developed with Yorkey, Kitt and Anonymous Content's Joy Gorman as well as with Susan Downey producing. Read on!
Deadline says the story is about two Broadway songwriters, one of whom is played by Downey Jr, who find themselves creatively and financially bankrupt when their big-break musical is a huge flop. While searching for inspiration for a comeback, they take jobs as counselors, teaching singing and dancing at a theater camp they attended as kids. This obviously seems a bit Glee inspired, along with just being a creative concept from the guys behind Next to Normal, but it sounds like it'll be fun. I'm not sure why, but when I think of Downey Jr singing, I think of Gene Wilder, and if that comparison is true at all, we're in for a hell of a good time.