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McG Is Gonna Make a Musical

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 14, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 14, 2009 |

I still don’t understand how McG got the directing gig for Terminator Salvation. Why any studio would give the director of We Are Marshall and Charlie’s Angels the keys to one of the most successful Sci-Fi franchises of all time is beyond me. Did they really think, “You know who we should get to resurrect our blockbuster franchise? The dude behind “The O.C.” and that Pussycat Dolls reality show. Granted, it’s working, at least based on the trailers, which means there’s somebody in Hollywood who figured out if he screwed his head on backwards, he’d gain some deep insight into the potential of McG.

McG — who I’m still convinced is secretly the lead singer of Smash Mouth — is not done spraying his “talent” all over Hollywood. His next project is another big-budget action pic, a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and now he’s attached to yet another project. McG is doing a musical. He’s in talks to bring the Broadway hit, Spring Awakening, to the big screen. It’s being developed with Steve Sater, who wrote the original book and lyrics.

Spring Awakening is set in 19th Century Germany; it’s a coming-of-age story that follows a group of teens discovering their sexuality and dealing with topics like masturbation, abortion, rape and suicide.

Just like “The O.C.”!

Sater, who developed the project with Duncan Sheik, based the musical on an 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind.

Duncan Sheik? Seriously? That guy? Duncan Sheik inexplicably opened for Ben Folds once (at Smith College), and talk about a dude with no stage presence. Seemed like a nice guy, but I felt positively sorry for the him. No one had any clue who he was (we thought he was a local musician) until he sang his one hit, “Barely Breathing,” at which point all the women in the audience turned to their girlfriends and whispered, “I didn’t know this guy sang that song.”

And that’s Duncan Sheik. Good to know he found some success on Broadway.

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