Hot on the heels of the barrage of Les Miserables casting news, Trey Parker and Matt Stone were quick to confirm that they will, indeed, be turning their award winning Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” into a Hollywood musical. That is, they’ll work with co-writer Robert Lopez (who also co-wrote the also brilliant “Avenue Q”) in making a The Book of Mormon: The Musical: The Movie. And because the “South Park” duo are experienced at this sort of thing, they’ll get to be one of the few (only?) Broadway shows afforded the chance to guide the feature film version, too. But that does come with the caveat of having to wait several years so as much can be wrung out of the stage production as Mormonly possible. It’s a little bit of a good news/bad news situation, really.
But I’m terribly excited for the possibility of a movie, because the Parker-Stone machine has proven more than capable of churning out a spectacular adaptation, and unless I get lucky with a touring show, I’ll probably never get a chance to see it. I’ve chosen not to listen to the show’s soundtrack, so that when (gotta stay positive here) I do eventually see it, I want to be surprised. After all, I report trade news for you funderful people, which means I feed off the pre-knowledge of pop culture, so it’s nice to have this one thing that I can really look forward to. As such, I’ve only seen this clip from the Tony’s (whilst doing research for another post):
Fucking. Love. It.
I can be patient, but, the future can’t get here fast enough.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force (returning with new pages soon!), co-hosts the podcast We’re Not Fanboys (returning with new episodes possibly!), and updates about such things on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He should get lucky with a touring show since he lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, he was just being dramatic.