Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, are itching to adapt yet another one of their works of art for the big screen. According to EW, the comedic duo are interested in adapting their Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon into a feature-length film. The musical has been a raging success ever since it debuted on Broadway in February. I was in attendance at the very first preview night and early mishaps included I was blown away. This absurdly foul and endearing story is outrageously hilarious and so good that it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. Making a movie will give people around the world an opportunity to witness Parker and Stone’s years-in-the-making creation that follows Mormon missionaries on the hunt for converts in Uganda of all places. Whether or not Broadway stars Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad will appear in the movie is still up in the air. Stone tells EW: “We want to do it some day. The great thing is, a lot of Broadway teams would have to go team up with a Hollywood producer and bring on a Hollywood director, but Trey’s a director and Scott [Rudin]’s a great producer. We’ve all made movies. So it’s kind of cool, it can stay in the same family.” Parker, Stone, and collaborator Robert Lopez are taking Mormon on a national tour next summer and after that they’ll start to focus on the production of the movie.
Whether or not you’ve seen the show, visualize it and laugh your ass off and listen to the soundtrack available here.
Paul Reubens brought his signature character to Broadway for a limited two-month run, and now he’s solidified plans to televise his Pee-wee Herman stage show on HBO! So if you missed out on his Broadway stint, this should be music to your ears. An unspecified January show at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre will be shot and used for the HBO special which will air sometime in 2011 following the show’s run.
Nancy Geller, SVP HBO Original Programming: ”Before his hit series and movies, HBO introduced Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman to a national audience in the Young Comedians series, followed by the groundbreaking 1981 special. It’s thrilling to have Paul back on the network, and it will be a blast to return to Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”
Marty Callner, who directed the aforementioned 1981 special, has been called on again to direct the HBO presentation of The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway.
Hot off his uber-successful comeback stage show at LA’s Club Nokia venue, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) is ready to bring his nostolgic magic to Broadway. “The Pee-wee Herman Show” will play at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City and will have a six-week run. The show will feature many members of Pee-wee’s Playhouse Gang including Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis, Jambi the Genie, Pterri, Conky, and Chairry. Alex Timbers, the director of the LA show, will return to helm the Broadway spectacle. Enter the mailing list for advanced tickets here!