Evidently Woody Allen isn’t quite done with the 1920s just yet. PopWatch reports that the Midnight in Paris director is adapting his 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway into a musical that will debut on the Great White Way some time next year.
Set in 1929, the comedy focuses on a struggling playwright (John Cusack) who gets financed by a wealthy mobster who has a major caveat — he wants his spectacularly untalented girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) to be in the show. The film managed to score seven Oscar nominations and a Best Supporting Actress win for Dianne Wiest, who played the part of boozed up, fading leading lady Helen Sinclair to perfection.
Allen, who co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplay with Douglas McGrath, says that he plans to write the book, and the score will feature existing period music (the original soundtrack included vintage recordings by Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Al Jolson, and Red Nichols & His Five Pennies). We actually think adapting this movie into a Broadway show is a brilliant idea. We’ve just got one question: Who’s going to play Cheech, the menacing bodyguard who turns out to be the most talented one of the bunch?