Theater producers love turning movies into musicals, and the energetic, Oscar-winning “
The loss of Rahman means that the popular song “Jai Ho,” along with the Indian songwriter’s other compositions for the 2009 best picture Oscar winner, would not be a part of a “Slumdog Millionaire” musical.
Boyle, who is currently producing the opening ceremonies for the
But the quartet apparently asked for standard creative rights and ownership that producer
“I’m certainly saddened by what’s happened,” Beaufoy said in an email. Rahman and Boyle’s representatives confirmed that their clients are not working on the show, while Colson declined to comment.
Beaufoy is the screenwriter of the 1997 movie "The Full Monty," which was turned into a successful stage musical that debuted at the Old Globe in San Diego and transferred to Broadway in 2000. (Beaufoy didn't write the book for the "Full Monty" musical.)
The "Slumdog" musical is in the very early stages of development and might not open for a couple of years, but Smith has discussed hiring screenwriter
Smith said that “nobody is contracted or close to it” and that mention of any specific names would be “speculation. I cannot say very much because I don’t have a lot to say. There’s absolutely nothing at the moment.” He said there could be some announcements about the show in the next several weeks. Smith acknowledged that without Rahman’s involvement or permission, the musical could not use the film’s songs.
Smith said that before the musical can be developed further he needs to acquire rights to some of the underlying material, including the book on which the film is based, Vikas Swarup’s “Q&A,” and the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” which Celador created but later sold to
In addition to directing movies, the 55-year-old Boyle has a distinguished record staging plays in London, primarily at the Royal Court and at the Royal
Musicals based on movies have a long history, but are doing particularly well on Broadway right now, even though “Leap of Faith” just closed after a very brief run. Among the current hit shows are “Once,” “