Rocky is by far my favorite film franchise. Hell, eye of the tiger is my sex background music. Every time I climb a mild to moderate hill I throw my hands in the air and scream “DRAGO!!!!” I’m sure I’m not the only one. Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, the southpaw underdog with an iron jaw, is a pop culture hero. If the average American isn’t fucking to eye of the tiger, they’re working out to it. The films (except for the 5th one, which sucked farts) are emotional, motivational and inspirational. Need to pump yourself up, then watch the training montage in Rocky IV. Need to watch a good movie for the sake of watching a good movie, then watch Rocky 1. No matter the reason, no matter how many times you watch em’, these flicks never get old. With that said would your appreciation of Rocky be improved or ruined if the characters emotional journey was retold via a musical? Yea that’s right…jazz hands, show tunes and boxing. Sounds crazy enough to work!
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Stallone is set to produce, along with the Klitschkos and producer Kevin King Templeton (The Expendables). Tony Award-winning Producers writer Thomas Meehan is set to pen the story, with Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directing. Lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty — frequent collaborators who won Tonys for their work on Ragtime — will provide the music, which will include several songs from the Rocky films including “Eye of the Tiger,” “Gonna Fly Now,” and “Take You Back.” In addition, the Klitschkos will be on hand to train the as-yet-uncast lead actor in the sport.
While the original films revolve primarily around, y’know, boxing, Stallone says the musical will focus more heavily on the romantic angle of the tale. “At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” Stallone explained. “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”
Budgeted at $15 million, Rocky: The Musical will have its world debut, in German, in Hamburg November 2012. Stallone plans to then take an English version of the musical on the road to stages worldwide.
I’m such a fan of Rocky that Stallone can manufacturer any related product and I’ll gladly fork over my cash for it. I’m also privy to showtunes, so this is a win-win for me. While I am bit blinded with fan-boy-ism, I do think the material lends itself well to musical theater. Athletic dance numbers. Sweeping love story. Corny yes, but it could work.
What do you think?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter