The fact that I don’t particularly like Ryan Murphy‘s work notwithstanding, he’s getting some goodwill solely for bringing a musical to the big screen. According to Deadline, the Glee creator has landed a seven-figure deal with Sony to direct One Hit Wonders, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé Knowles, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Andy Samberg all starring. Despite such casting choices and lucrative business deals, however, production won’t get kicking until Murphy finishes up The Normal Heart — which hasn’t even rolled cameras yet.
Wonders‘ script — commissioned to be written by the helmer and his creative partners, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — revolves around “three singers (Witherspoon, Paltrow, and Diaz) who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain. They decide to form a super group.” The capacity of these other stars’ involvement hasn’t been accounted for, except that Samberg and his Lonely Island members (Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) will be contributing music. (Not that this tells you who he’ll be playing, but it’s interesting nonetheless.)
I’ll be honest and say that this glut of information doesn’t give me a good grip on Wonders quite yet, though I will concede that a combination of this cast and Murphy‘s basic premise leaves room for something that could be fun, all things considered. Otherwise, we’re simply too early in to make some kind of prediction. Be patient.
Could you see yourself enjoying a Murphy-helmed musical? What impression does his lineup of talent make?
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