Steve Jobs felt like an Aaron Sorkin movie that Danny Boyle happened to direct, and I’m eager to see the next film that truly feels like it’s from Trainspotting director. His verve and energy can sometimes lead him horribly astray, but it’s almost always an exhilarating ride with never a dull moment. It’s not surprising he tried to stage a David Bowie musical until Bowie nixed the project, but the musical genre seems like a good fit for the director.
Now it looks like he might have another musical lined up. According to Daily Mail, Boyle is in talks to helm an adaptation of the acclaimed musical Miss Saigon. The musical itself is an adaptation of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, which is about the doomed romance between an American lieutenant and a geisha. Miss Saigon updates the story to make it about an American GI and a Vietnamese bargirl during the Vietnam War. The movie earned ten Tony nominations in 1991 and won for Leading Actor in a Musical (Jonathan Pryce), Leading Actress in a Musical (Lea Salonga), and Featured Actor in a Musical (Hinton Battle). It currently holds the record as Broadway’s thirteenth longest-running show.
The Daily Mail adds that Les Miserables producer Cameron Mackintosh along with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are also on board, although there was no confirmation from Mackintosh or Working Title.
If Boyle is moving ahead with Miss Saigon, it will be interesting to see if he puts it before or after his oft-delayed Trainspotting sequel. In December we reported that the film’s cast had been confirmed for a 2017 release, so presumably that’s the movie he’s taking care of first and then if Miss Saigon works out, he’ll make the musical his follow up. It may be best not to wait too long since there could be revived interest thanks to the London Revival, which just finished its run.