Following the success of Shrek, Dreamworks has announced a musical adaptation of the classic Spielberg film ET: the Extra-Terrestrial. Playbill reports:
“Looking back at the films we’ve made over the years, [i]ET[/i] seems a natural choice. It reached such a wide audience back then and we hope to introduce the property to new audiences in a new way today,” Spielberg said. A workshop is being planned for fall 2009, with Shrek team Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire providing music and lyrics….
As to the cast, there have been no announcements, but Spielberg said that a genuine Broadway star was being sought to bring ET to life. “We’d see a puppet on stage, but we’ve been talking with Julie Andrews about providing us with a voice for this iconic character. The character lends itself to a limited vocal range and Julie loves the film – so we think it’d be a match made up there in the stars.”
I can’t wait for the big duet between Eliot and ET sung to John Williams main theme! 😀
Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone!
What a pity. Julie Andrews could have phoned in her contribution. Perfectly believable though. I was starting to think what notes the E.T.’s would get when they auditioned: “Can’t sing. Balding. Dances a little.”
(And E.T. is still good. My daughter cried her eyes out.)