I think instead of a drum roll I'm going to need a record scratch here: McG (yes, the Terminator Salvation director) is in talks to direct and produce the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. Interestingly, I was just talking about how fun it would be to see this musical as a movie — but McG wasn't exactly the director I had in mind. Apparently, he's interested in creating an edgier version of the coming-of-age story set in 19th-century Germany.
McG is mostly associated with movies that go "bang," and I figured he was basically the second coming of Michael Bay. The Hollywood Reporter argues he's not actually that strange a choice because he has roots in the music business. These roots include shooting music videos and producing Sugar Ray's first album. Sugar Ray prepares someone to adapt a musical that artfully addresses delicate subject matter related to adolescent sexuality. Intriguing.
What do you think? Are you excited this musical is coming to a big screen someday? Are you baffled by McG's involvement, or are you willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt?