Posted at 11:46 AM on June 25, 2008
by Sanden Totten
Ok, you may be thinking this will be a total flop, a novelty show destined to close after a few weeks. But it's got some serious pedigree behind it. First off, Julie Taymor is set to direct (she's the mind behind the wildly sucessful Lion King musical and the recent Beatles tribute film Across the Universe). The music? None other than U2's Bono and the Edge are writing the score. And it looks like Across the Universe stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood will play the lead roles of Peter Parker and Mary Jane.
Taymor says of the show:
"I hope it will be a cross between a play, rock 'n' roll and circus. The movies with Tobey Maguire worked on their terms, but the show will be very different . . . In fact, it's based more on the original comic books than the movies."
Expect giant puppets, fancy costumes and a high wire act to be part of the performance.
Given this news, it's hard not to think we are entering a golden age for comics. Not only are the characters becoming major Hollywood (and now Broadway) stars, comic book writers are becoming the darlings of the film world. Sure, it may not last forever. Comics may go back to being the territory of obsessed nerds . . . or all the attention from mainstream media may corrupt the industry's fresh perspective. But for now, it feels like a fan-boy's dream come true.