It seems we’re in a mini-musical renaissance of sorts. “God Help The Girl” premiered at Sundance and opened recently, “Begin Again” rolled into theaters this summer, Anna Kendrick belted it out in “The Last Five Years” (review here) at TIFF and this holiday season “Annie” will do it blockbuster style. And now another project is on the horizon with two rising young stars looking prove their singing chops.
Rooney Mara and Dane DeHaan will lead “Ziggy,” in what sounds like a “The Great Gatsby“-esque production. Indeed, Diesel Schwarze—apparently a protegé of Baz Luhrmann—is writing and directing the 1920s set musical about a hunchback (DeHaan) who falls in love with a media mogul (Mara) who is engaged to someone else. What?
Anyway, like Luhrmann’s F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation, this movie will eschew music from the era, with producer/musician/Grammy nominee Alex Da Kid (Rihanna, Imagine Dragons and Nicki Minaj are just some of folks he’s worked with, if you want an idea of where this is headed) is putting together a “contemporary” soundtrack. As long as that doesn’t mean dubstep, we’ll be fine.
No word yet on when cameras will get rolling. [THR]