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"Ressel, David Lee" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 16:36:22 -0500
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Movies into plays, to wit:

The current versions of FOOTLOOSE and recent development of SATURDAY
NIGHT FEVER (is this still playing in London?), but FEVER did begin as a
magazine article, does that count? And for that matter, the aborted
"It's a Wonderful Life" because that, too, was sourced from a story (or
rather, an Xmas card), not an original screenplay.

The Brady Bunch went from TV to Theatre to Cinema, not quite the same.

More lighthearted fictional examples:  the play version of SERPICO
(among other plays seemingly adapted from film genres), that appear in
RUSHMORE.  Also, the musical version of Planet of the Apes from the
Simpsons ("Rock me Dr. Zaius!"---but that too, was inspired by another
source, a novel).

However, this always struck me as an amusing question, based on my
review of hundreds of rights agreements, I have always been intrigued as
to the inclusion of Studio's Retention of Legit Stage Rights (well they
retain just about ALL rights, now don't they), and imagined ad absurdum
stage productions possible. In fact, I am sure there is some development
exec right now at Disney scouring their library looking for next new hit
on the great white way.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Germain Lacasse [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 1998 9:42 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: films into plays
>         In reply to the query about plays adapted from films, I can
> say
> that in Quebec it has been done several times in the twenties, mainly
> with
> melodramas adapted from films like «The White Sister» and «The Sheik».
> A
> paper I have written about that will appear in the next issue of
> «Cinema
> Journal»; I am quite sure it was done elsewhere also, probably in
> similar
> contexts: small countries importing foreign film and thus adapting
> foreign
> narratives.
>         Germain Lacasse
> ----
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