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Old 08-17-17, 03:32 PM
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Sunset Boulevard Movie Musical (D: Ashford) -- S: Glenn Close

Paramount Pictures is pursuing a big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” to star Tony winner Glenn Close — who just ended a revival run of the musical on Broadway in June.

Close is in advanced talks to play the part she originated on the stage in 1994, and the studio is actively searching for a director and a leading man to star opposite her, two individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.

TV mogul Ryan Murphy was approached to helm, both insiders said, but no deals are in place. Production is eyeing a January start. Representatives for Close and the studio did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A representative for Murphy flatly denied his involvement at this time.
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Old 08-17-17, 04:12 PM
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Not a bad idea. Saw the original run in L.A. and liked it quite a bit. It was playing right next door to my Times Square hotel in June but I passed on seeing it again. Heard Glenn was still great though.

Now, would you shoot it in B&W?
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re: Sunset Boulevard Movie Musical (D: Ashford) -- S: Glenn Close

I've been hoping for this for years. But at this point I wonder if Glenn Close is, like Norma herself, too old for the part. The character is supposed to be 50, but Close is 70 now.
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As long as she can still sing (and word is she can), I think she would be fine.
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re: Sunset Boulevard Movie Musical (D: Ashford) -- S: Glenn Close

SB isn't my favorite show, but I like it--lots of good music.

Not sure whether Close is too old, but I had the same thought when I heard she was returning to the role like 20 years later. Kinda meta.

I saw Elaine Paige in the role in London but not Close or LuPone.
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It would have to be a huge gut-punch to be told you're too old to play Norma Desmond.
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re: Sunset Boulevard Movie Musical (D: Ashford) -- S: Glenn Close

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I've been hoping for this for years. But at this point I wonder if Glenn Close is, like Norma herself, too old for the part. The character is supposed to be 50, but Close is 70 now.
Right, having the character expect to return to stardom at 70 would be a bit of a stretch, but as long as she doesn't look old and crinkled, I expect Close will be fine.
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Glenn Close looks damn good for her age.
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Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Wilder’s movie, have contracted British writer Tom MacRae, who wrote the book and lyrics for acclaimed show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, to write the script for the new film. MacRae has been told to make old Hollywood a big character in the picture, which Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph.
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re: Sunset Boulevard Movie Musical (D: Ashford) -- S: Glenn Close

This seems like the thing that would finally get her an Oscar.
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I hope its better than the "The Producers" movie musical. The first film I ever walked out on. This seems completely unnecessary and a little too incestuous. Unless it gets glowing reviews, I'll probably pass.
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If this doesn't get Glenn the Oscar, nothing will.
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I hope its better than the "The Producers" movie musical. The first film I ever walked out on. This seems completely unnecessary and a little too incestuous. Unless it gets glowing reviews, I'll probably pass.
That's an interesting comparison. On one level, yes The Producers (musical) copied so many scenes from the original movie that it felt a little Gus Van Sant Psycho. But I think its biggest problem was that it was SO BROAD that it felt like the characters on screen were waiting for huge audience laughter that just wasn't coming. If nothing else, a Sunset Boulevard movie musical won't feel like a skit from the Catskills so it will probably play better on the big screen even if they do crib visually from Billy Wilder a lot. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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If this doesn't get Glenn the Oscar, nothing will.
Maybe, but of course it didn't get Gloria Swanson one. And if it comes out this year, Hollywood's other perpetual bridesmaid Annette Bening will also be a front runner for playing Sen. Dianne Feinstein in The Report, apparently.
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If this doesn't get Glenn the Oscar, nothing will.
I'm still fuming that she lost this year. She owned that part in "The Wife". And she has never been better (IMO). Such a shame.
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If Close gets nominated a second year in a row, she is not going to be ignored.
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If Close gets nominated a second year in a row, she is not going to be ignored.
HA HA HA. Nicely played there. BTW, the film is not in production until October. So it won't be out until 2020.
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If she wins, and if we exclude music biopics, she would be the first Lead Actor to win an Oscar for a musical since Liza in 1972 I think
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Re: Sunset Boulevard Movie Musical (D: Ashford) -- S: Glenn Close

Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
This seems like the thing that would finally get her an Oscar.

This seems more to me like it's the thing being done to try and get Glenn Close her Oscar after not winning it for The Wife.
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This seems more to me like it's the thing being done to try and get Glenn Close her Oscar after not winning it for The Wife.
A Sunset Blvd movie has been in the works for many, many years. Glenn's done it three times on stage already AFAIK. This deal wasn't just closed last week in the wake of the Oscars. These things take a long time to come to fruition.
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