With the success of past live productions, from The Sound of Music to Peter Pan to The Wiz to Grease, we were bound to hear about another massive undertaking in the works. Yes, Hairspray is already a go for later this year and that makes total sense. But another project, one set for sometime in 2017, will blow your mind. Heck, we still don’t believe it. No, really, you could name hundreds of possible movies and you still wouldn’t get it.
So, we’ll give you a clue. First off, it’s not a musical. Which makes the guessing that much harder.
Too vague? All right, this — with the handy-dandy Internet — will eliminate many off your lists. You may know it as a movie with a star-studded cast but it’s actually based on a critically acclaimed play. How’s that for a hint?
Still stumped? We’ll narrow it down even further. The Broadway play premiered in 1989. The movie, which was nominated for four Oscars INCLUDING BEST PICTURE, hit theatres three years later.
If you don’t have it now, we may as well just tell you. NBC announced that Aaron Sorkin is bringing A Few Good Men to television. Go ahead, pick your jaw off the floor, we totally understand.
Here’s the lowdown: It was Sorkin who wrote the play, his very first professional work, adapted it for the 1992 film and will now return home to NBC, which aired his hit series The West Wing, where he will adapt it for the small screen.
A Few Good Men centres on an inexperienced military lawyer (Tom Hulce in the play; Tom Cruise in the movie) who defends three Marines on trial for murder. It’ll be based on the stage production, which is set in 1986 and takes place in both Washington D.C. and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay.
Those are some big shoes for the actors to fill, in a live environment, no less. We can’t wait to find out who they’ll cast. Trust us, we can handle it.