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Weird and Financially Unsound News from Andy Serkis and Nick Cave

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 16, 2010 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 16, 2010 |


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According to Screen Daily, Andy Serkis -- who you may know best as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy -- is collaborating with Nick Cave -- he of the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds fame -- on a motion-capture version of The Threepenny Opera.

The Threepenny Opera, more famous to most of you as the 1989 film version of Mack the Knife, is a Bertolt Brecht Marxist musical critique of capitalism. The story follows a criminal, Mackheath, and his troubles with his father in law, who controls all the Beggars in London and who is trying to have him killed.

Don't ask me why this is big news, and don't ask me if this will ever actually get made. Andy Serkis is clearly the guy you want if you're making a motion capture movie (in addition to LoTR, he's also got mo-cap experience as King Kong and the forthcoming The Adventures or Tintin), and maybe Nick Cave is perfect to write the music for an updated Brechtian musical cause he's, like, Nick Cave, but this idea seems to have no financial viability, and motion capture is expensive.

All of which is to say: Maybe this is a great idea, but you know how well great ideas work in Hollywood? You really need not look any further than Nick Cave himself, who wrote the ridiculously underseen Western The Proposition. I wouldn't expect The Threepenny Opera to get much further than the script and composition stage -- and maybe, someday, Cave and the Bad Seeds will turn the score into a great stage show. But don't expect much else.


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