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From Playbill.com.....

Tony-winning actor Hugh Jackman may star opposite Anne Hathaway in a screen remake of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel.

Variety reports that Carousel is among several stage and screen projects that Jackman and his partner at Seed Productions, John Palermo, are currently eyeing. Oscar nominee David Magee, who penned the screenplay for Alan Knee's "Finding Neverland," has adapted the timeless 1945 musical Carousel for contemporary audiences.

Regarded as a priority project at Fox 2000, Jackman would star as the ill-fated Billy Bigelow with Hathaway on Jackman's "wish list" to portray Julie Jordan.

Jackman is also aiming to make a Broadway return in the title role of the new Danny Elfman musical Houdini, which previously announced a 2010 Broadway debut. Producers are reportedly seeking a rewrite on Kurt Andersen's book for Houdini, which has music by Elfman, lyrics by David Yazbek and direction by Tony winner Jack O'Brien.

Film projects for the Australian actor include a sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" as well as "Personal Security" and a screen adaptation of the James Sallis novel "Drive."

Jackman earned a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz. His stage credits include Oklahoma! at the National Theatre and award-winning work in productions of Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast in Australia. His numerous screen credits include "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Australia," "Scoop," "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold," "Van Helsing," "The Prestige" and "The Fountain."




"has adapted the timeless 1945 musical Carousel for contemporary audiences."......Do you think that means that it will be set in modern times, or it will just be a new adaptation, keeping the source setting?

And I like the idea of Anne Hathway...I thought they had great chemistry during the Oscars this year.

What does everyone else think?

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Annie + Hugh + Carousel = HELL YES

I hope it actually happens. And that they don't do one of those stupid "modern times" reimaginings.

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It says he is going to be in Carousel on IMDB, not details though (only with "IMDB Pro")

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If you can imagine, this is me screaming with excitement!
I love them both SOOOOOOOO much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hugh = Perfect for Billy

Anne Hathaway as julie though????

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Salome wrote:
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Variety reports that Carousel is among several stage and screen projects that Jackman and his partner at Seed Productions, John Palermo, are currently eyeing. Oscar nominee David Magee, who penned the screenplay for Alan Knee's Finding Neverland, has adapted the timeless 1945 musical Carousel for contemporary audiences.

An odd last sentence - if it's truly timeless, would it need a contemporary update? I assume, though, that this means they've just streamlined the action rather than updated the setting. I wonder if it means they're going to do anything with "What's the Use of Wond'rin'?"

The screenplay and the way it chopped up Hammerstein's dialogue and the score was a major problem of the original film version. It's that element more than anything that interests me about this remake. The old film also had problems in terms of direction, casting and choreography - so, for me, it's a remake that really seems worthwhile.

In terms of dance, I guess I'd be concerned about what is going to be cut and what will be kept. The ballet in the second half - particularly the pas de deux, which is one of Agnes de Mille's most beautiful pieces - is my favourite part of the old film - even though the stagy set design in that sequence of the film really jars for me. It's a pity they didn't used all of the de Mille stuff in the old film - "June is Bustin' Out All Over" is particularly awful in its rather generic staging by Rod Alexander - because then it would weirdly matter less to me, strangely enough, what they did with the dancing now. But I suppose that, because of the updating, whatever dance sections that will be retained would be completely re-choreographed anyway.

Both Jackman and Hathaway are fine choices for the central roles.

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The actors sound good, but I hated Finding Neverland and how Peter Pan is performed and interpreted in it :? Still, this could be v good.

Wasn't Anne Hathoway in Carnival once? (Yes - http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/09/theat ... alive.html) Has she done other music theatre?

BTW, here's the link to the original Playbill article - http://www.playbill.com/news/article/128958.html .


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I think this is great news! :D

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I'm hoping they draw their stage-version inspiration from the 1994 Broadway and West End versions, with the Carrie/Snow relationship involving race and social caste, not just "attitudes."

That, and if they're gonna cast famous people in this, Queen Latifah MUST be Nettie. No one else who's a name is up to it.

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^ I thought of Queen Latifah too. She could probably sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" really well.

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Is Queen Latifah a soprano...?


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LeocadiaBegbick wrote:
Is Queen Latifah a soprano...?


They ALWAYS transpose stuff down for movies. She's not, but she could still pull it off.

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