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SPRING AWAKENING May Soon Be On Screens - As A McG Musical!!

Merrick here...
McG is angling to bring the Tony winning rock musical SPRING AWAKENING to the big screen (track samples HERE, or see the embed below).
McG may opt not to go the studio route in order to make a more intimate, or indeed an edgier, movie version. Set in 19th-century Germany, the coming-of-age story follows a group of teens discovering their sexuality and dealing with high-wire topics like masturbation, abortion, rape and suicide.
...says THIS PIECE in Hollywood Reporter. AWAKENING has quite an interesting (and extensive) history, beginning its life as a German play back in the 1890s. SOmetimes banned because of its subject matter, it was subsequently produced in 1955, 1978, and its most recent iteration (in 2006). More details can be found via THIS Wiki entry.

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  • April 14, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by jones1899


  • April 14, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    by BrianRazz


  • April 14, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I can't imagine having an opinion about this in this life...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...or the next. Good luck to everyone involved...I guess.

  • April 14, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    quit spamming your bullshit

    by Timahh

    theres a reason nobody but your friends(?) and family care about your youtube videos.

  • April 14, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Dude your werewolf wears pajamas

    by Toilet_Terror

  • April 14, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by LarryTate

    does McG exist to anger me?

  • April 14, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Fuck off, Brian Razz

    by slone13

    That shit is awful. There were 5 other previous parts to that mess?

  • April 14, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    by The_Observer

  • April 14, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    This is not a news site

    by perromaldito

    this is just a hobbie for a few film geeks who only bother to update on their spare time

  • April 14, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    As a fan of musicals...

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    ...all I'd like to know is what the hell is this??? I just spent some time listening to the soundtrack of the Broadway cast... and the music is just plain bad. Or I just don't get it. I must admit that I have NEVER been a fan of the whole white/female/lesbian/rape-victim sect of music that came out in the 80's and contiues to this day (Indigo Girls,Tori Amos...etc...). The sound track to this movie will be "music to slit your wrist by". Sylvia Plath fans, get in line now.

  • April 14, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by symon

    I actually think old McG might be good at doing a musical. There isn't a lot of room for subtlety in most musicals, and McG was born without a subtle setting... Plus, as a bonus, this keeps him away from our superheroes for another year...

  • April 14, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    "As a fan of musicals..."

    by LarryTate

    that cracked me up WeLiveStill... thanks for that.

  • April 14, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    I've always wanted to see this

    by Lovecraftfan

    I heard it was quite special on stage. By the way can we just bypass the insipid fratboy comments and gay joked that always pop up when a musical is mentioned around here.

  • April 14, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    A McG Muscial? Don't toy with my heart!!

    by axel fff

    Cruel, cruel fate!!

  • April 14, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by Bunch-backdToad

    This is a nice idea, but I really don't think it'll work on screen. A crucial part of the play is the intimate setting, and that the audience, for lack of a better phrase, becomes a community with the actors for two hours. In addition to that, the device that they use (that the musical numbers are the characters expressing themselves as a teen of today would, and the rest of the play is totally period appropriate) will not translate to film very well. There are just too many ways you can fuck that up.

  • April 14, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Color me pissed off....

    by panicdawg

    Spring Awakening is such a fantastic show, and the play off of which it's based is very theatrical and could translate well, but McG? Seriously? This is so reminiscent of when Chris Columbus came on board of "Rent" after Spike Lee left it, and then proceeded to completely assrape it. I'll keep my fingers crossed, but as someone who is a serious fan of the show i am not happy. Oh, and all of you idiots who are too prideful to enjoy a musical... well, too bad for you. This one's got titties.

  • April 14, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by VoteRoslin08

    I love this musical and I think the reason I do is the mix of hilarious and deadly serious material, the exact tightrope I feel McG is incapable of walking. In the end though, a lot comes down to casting. Hope they keep a lot of the original Broadway cast because they're amazing, although aging by the second.

  • April 14, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by philldwill

    ..That was almost embarrassing to watch. I hate kids who think their problems are important and I also hate lame musicals(not all musicals are lame) so this was like a double barrel shotgun loaded with buckshots of suck unloaded in my face.

  • April 14, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Hey everybody! Remember that he directed music videos!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Most musicals are pretty much the same, so I don't see any problems here.

  • April 14, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    "Mama who bore me" is right!

    by gavdiggity

    Yawwwwnnnn... <P>lame.

  • April 14, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I'm one of those "don't give a fuck about musicals" guys

    by terry1978

    So this don't really bug me one way or the other. If TS makes some bank, it ain't gonna really matter at that point.

  • April 14, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Wasn't McG going to direct Hot Wheels the movie?

    by Outlaw

    That seems a little more like his style.

  • April 14, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    "Fuckin' Amateur: The Musical"

    by GrabtharsHammer

    I can't wait for the big production number "Smash Your Fuckin' Lights." The choreography should be really top-notch.

  • April 14, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    this would've made nice

    by i.baronvladimir

    Beavis and Butthead material. Otherwise, wow. To each his own, I guess. Good luck, McG, you magnificent prick.

  • April 14, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Spring Awakening for Hitler!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Jawohl! I always knew McG was a fucking Nazi.

  • April 14, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by NegroSoulBrotha

    I hate this.

  • April 14, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Next... Terminator: The Musical

    by Teddy Artery


  • April 14, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by NegroSoulBrotha

    ...the musical.

  • April 14, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by NegroSoulBrotha

    ...the musical.

  • April 14, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by NegroSoulBrotha

    ...the musical.

  • April 14, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Wow! How incredibly gay!

    by bizzarrogeorge

  • April 14, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    This Isn't A Rumor

    by RickyShoreSingsTheBlues

    Sometimes AICN pretends to print rumors like this one. This is not a rumor. I'll bet McG's publicist gave AICN this story. Based on what people say in the talk back, McG will decide whether or not he wants to make the movie, or he'll use what people say to formulate the way he makes the movie. AICN used to print rumors like but now all of the articles on this site are carefully constructed PR stories that are meant to manipulate you into thinking some movie is "cool". Don't read this site anymore. Have you noticed that Variety is more comprehensive with their industry news than AICN? That's pretty sad. Nowadays, AICN is used to hock soundtracks. I'll bet some media corporation like Time Warner bought this site and didn't tell you about it. This site is like Entertainment Tonight.

  • April 14, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST


    by NivekJ

    Blah blah-blah blah-blah blah blah blah-blah blah-blah blah blah. <p>And that's not spamming, that's straight form the musical. Basically, this musical is a musical for those "don't give a fuck about musicals" guys. A musical about how fucked up life truly is, and how it doesn't really have to be if generations before didn't keep fucking things up for us. <p>That being said, I think McG has the musical vibe in him (Charlie's Angels, countless other music videos) and the sullen, melancholy, it-sucks-being-a-teen vibe (We Are Marshall, Fastlane). <p>Count me as one of the excited. Fuck the haters, fuck 'em. Try the shit out before you flame this shit; preview the soundtrack on Amazon to see how fucked up it really is. Sure, it has some sweet namby-pamby moments. But so did John Rambo, and we ALL saw how fucked up that movie was. Yeah, that's right, I said it. <p>Spring Awakening=John Rambo. Stop hatin'. Fuck is wrong with you all?

  • April 14, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    I like musicals and I like rock...

    by The Funketeer

    and I'm still waiting for the two of them to be combined. Unfortunately, every supposed rock musical I've ever seen is some Broadway dancers idea of what rock music is.

  • April 14, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    I'm going to hurl

    by detectivesoap

    All over this McCrap Sandwich. It'll make a lot of money. But Jesus, that video looks pretty bad. Listen to the lyrics of that song--they literally crammed in extraneous lines to make it sound deeper than it really is. Surface lickers will love it. GOOD musicals don't waste lines to make crappy songs.

  • April 14, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    we don't need more sci-fi, action, and horror films, we need musicals, and chick flicks, and STEEL MAGNOLIAS II...

  • April 14, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Great on stage... But as a movie?

    by Fleet

    Dunno if that'll translate well... I agree with Panicdawg - As a massive fan of Rent, I was real excited about it going to screen - To end up sitting in the audience wanting to throw things at the screen because of how badly it was portrayed - I'll keep my fingers crossed, but doubt it'll come off... It aint no happy-fun-shiny-choreograph-fest that Hairspray is, that's for sure...

  • April 15, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    TINY TOONS!!!!!!!!!!

    by VALENTINEproductions

  • April 15, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST


    by Kevin Bosch

    Why wouldn't Variety be more comprehensive with industry news than AICN? They are the film industries trade magazine. It's what people in the industry use to know whats going on in the industry. What did you think Variety was supposed to be? And this is not a rumor. There's a link to the Hollywood Reporter (the other film trade publication). If it's in Variety or The Hollywood Reporter, then it's officially a done deal, or at the least a deal in the works. What an odd way to criticize AICN.

  • April 15, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    How appropriate that Zach Braff...

    by benito

    ...would be the one to introduce that performance, given that Garden State, his personal loveletter to himself, shares so many of Spring Awakenings flaws. Such a terrible musical. I saw it during its original Atlantic Theatre run in New York before it hit Broadway. Absolutely insufferable. A middle aged think tanks depiction of adolescence. Cloying, superficial, and pathetic. Not to mention musically mediocre. Totally try hard and a disservice to the original play. A musical for dumb people with pretensions of sophistication to pat themselves on the back over.

  • April 15, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Not getting my ten bucks

    by RogueWarrior65

    That's for damn sure. I comes down to this: When I go to the movies, I want to be entertained. I want to be transported to a world that you might want to play around in. I don't want to be reminded of reality. Thank you. You may all return your seat backs and tray tables to their upright and locked position.

  • April 15, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    That video

    by kitkats99

    Dont judge by that video. Almost every line of the last 2 songs in that video was edited in some way. They cut all the dirty parts out for the Tony awards.

  • April 15, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by panicdawg

    You're obviously entitled to your opinion, but I think the music is pretty phenomenal. Songs like "Totally Fucked", "Touch Me", and "The Dark I Know Well" all possess amazing hooks at one point or another, even if that type of music isn't totally your bag. Besides some of the lyrics, almost all of the dialogue is transplanted from the original, so I think your issue probably jsut lies within the presentation, which is unique and audacious and has been splitting a lot of audiences. I was totally sold on the extravagant lighting, bare stage, and microphones, simply because it feels more like a rock show. Melchior wants to be a rock star, in a way. They all want to be rock stars. It's life's problems and circumstances that prevent them from from achieving their dreams, but the most reflective part is that some of these problems are brought on by the parents, but ultimately the kids have to make their own way. For someone who has seen a lot of crappy musicals in my life, the conbination of a common theme with a new presentation was unique and new... even if it was pretty much a foregone conclusion not all would like it. I jsut wouldn't discredit it too much, because once the film puts it into a more "realistic" setting, actually making it a period piece and getting furthur into characterization, you might be surprised to like the story's themes.

  • April 15, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    DetectiveSoap, that Tony Awards video...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...had much of its lyrics rewritten for censorship purposes. Two of the songs featured ("The Bitch Of Living" and "Totally Fucked") aren't even close to the real things. Blame CBS.

  • April 15, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Queen's "We Will Rock You"

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    Make it so!

  • April 15, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    A rock musical that actually rocks?

    by Lenny Nero

    Hedwig. Brilliant music.

  • April 16, 2009, 7 a.m. CST

    So, uh.. McG keeps getting jobs?

    by ricarleite2

    And the workforce of America is getting fired? Isn't there anything WRONG with that logic?

  • April 16, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST


    by benito

    Whoah whoah, hold up. I got nothing against the themes. As I said, the musical is a disservice to the original, which has a lot to recommend it. I'm for spring Awakening. I'm just against Spring Awakening the musical, which I thought was a superficial, pleased with itself, condescending mess. It feels like some of the recent indie movies... a Juno or a Garden State. The kind of things that think they have something to say about youth, but really are all about surface superficiality. No real insight. No maturity. Just tacky, insufferable angst for angst's sake, and for the sake of stroking egos (I get this man.... I really get this... its so deep, just like me for getting it). The original play was never like that. It was dense and dark and genuinely complicated. Spring Awakening the musical is none of those things. It's watered down indieTM junk.

  • April 16, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Worst piece of shit musical...

    by WickedScorp

    This was one of the worst shows I have ever gone to see. Terrible story, forgettable characters, awful acting, ugly staging, boring music (which is a shame because I like Duncan Shiek). It's just a huge mess.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Uh-oh. Hitler just found out...

    by gablewriter