I’m not the biggest fan of stage musicals the world has ever known, but I do kinda like the recent trend of taking classic horror films and adapting them for the stage. Evil Dead and Re-Animator reimagined as musicals are certainly far more interesting than Rent or Cats as far as I’m concerned.
We learned way back in 2012 that another big-name director was hard at work adapting one of his movies for the stage. The filmmaker? Guillermo del Toro. The film? Pan’s Labyrinth.
GDT has said nothing recently about plans to adapt the eerily beautiful 2006 film about a young girl who deals with the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War by escaping into an elaborate – and dangerous – fantasy world. However, musician and songwriter Paul Williams mentioned it at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in an interview backstage, which seemingly indicates that the project – which has reportedly been in development for several years – is still alive and well.
Williams, who is friends with del Toro thanks to the filmmaker’s appreciation for the musician's big-screen work in Brian De Palma’s cult classic Phantom of the Paradise, had this to say:
“I'm writing a musical based on Pan's Labyrinth with Guillermo del Toro, and my whole relationship with Guillermo del Toro is based on his love for Phantom of the Paradise. I'm writing that with Gustavo Santaolalla, who's a brilliant, brilliant composer from Argentina."
Santaolalla is indeed a brilliant composer. He won back-to-back Oscars for his Brokeback Mountain and Babel scores – and his most recent project was the critically lauded video game The Last of Us.
Having guys like Williams and Santaolalla on board means that GDT is still very serious about bringing Pan’s Labyrinth to the stage. We have no idea if it will actually work as a musical, but as a fan of del Toro’s films and his vision, we're very interested in seeing the finished product. Do you think Pan’s Labyrinth would work as a stage play, or is GDT’s film just too freaky to add musical numbers to it?
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