I guess there’s something in the Austin air that gives way to film adaptation. Not only does Austin’s beloved Richard Linklater have two films this year based on books, but other upcoming Austin-filmed productions are adaptations of popular source material. These include How to Eat Fried Worms, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel, and more. Plus, the Austin-lensed Friday Night Lights film (itself based on a popular book) is the inspiration for NBC’s fall drama series of the same name. And now, this week comes more information about a planned Broadway musical adaptation of Tim McCanlies family film, Secondhand Lions.
The film’s distributor, New Line Cinema, has been pushing several of its film properties (Hairspray, The Wedding Singer, etc.) onto the stage, and McCanlies’ Robert Duvall/Haley Joel Osment/Michael Caine feature is the next on the list. Cinematical has the story:
I don’t remember the original, which stars an awkward-looking Haley Joel Osment sent off to stay the summer with his eccentric uncles, being much of a hit, but considering its high ranking on the IMDb, it does have its fans. I’ll admit that I enjoyed it a lot, mostly because I found Robert Duvall to be more hilarious than he could have possibly meant to have been, but aside from being an entertaining celebration of storytelling, the actual story it told wasn’t all that interesting. And without Duvall or Michael Caine, the movie would have been a great big bore. So, unless the Broadway production can find an equally delightful pair of actors to play the two uncles, it won’t be very good at all.