Yes, that book, Bret Easton Ellis’ yuppie-satire, slasher-porn novel from 1991 which was made into a film nine years later starring Christian Bale, who based his soulless murder-junkie on Tom Cruise (wouldn’t you?). That book is being developed as a dancing Broadway tuner.
Son of Sweeney Todd.
Duncan Sheik, who won two Tony Awards for Spring Awakening (coming to Dallas in March), will write the music and lyrics. Sheik is quoted in the LATimes saying that he’d re-read the novel and found that what had been “seen as an over-the-top literary folly of the early nineties was in fact a pretty timeless tale of alienation and solipsism.”
Bookwriter for this alienated and solipsistic musical? Playwright-and-Marvel-comic-book-author Robert Aguirre-Sacasa — who, you may remember, is doing the same job for the Dallas Theater Center’s re-vamp of It’s A Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!, coming up in June. Aguirre-Sacasa has been writing for HBO’s Big Love, but he’s also got a new play, Doctor Cerberus (cool title), making its world-premiere at the South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa. It’s about a 13-year-old who hides in his family basement watching horror movies on an old black-and-white TV.
So that means Aguirre-Sacasa moves from horror kid to Superman to heads-in-the-fridge psycho. Interesting emotional and professional trajectory.
Just don’t let him near any of the cutlery.