After the smash success of last year’s Into the Woods, which broke box office records, garnered three Oscar nominations, and produced a hot-selling soundtrack, it comes as no surprise that Walt Disney Pictures is planning another musical. This one, though, will be an original from the Mouse House and not adapted from an established Broadway classic.
Titled Bob the Musical, the high concept musical comedy follows a mild-mannered man who suddenly begins to hear the “inner songs” of people’s hearts after suffering a blow to the head – so like a less invasive (and more entertaining) form of mind-reading. While initially dismayed by the extraordinary affliction, the ordinary guy eventually learns to embrace the tunes and even join in. While there’s no planned or scheduled release date yet for Bob, a new casting rumor could set the necessary gears in motion.
Reported by The Wrap, Tom Cruise has supposedly been circling the musical’s titular role for several months, but no official deal has been made. The possibility of finally tapping a headlining star bodes well for the film’s progress, which has been in purgatorial development since 2004 – with multiple writers and directors (including The Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller) hopping on and off the project bandwagon.
If hired, Cruise would join a short list of experienced Hollywood talent currently attached the the project, including writer Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages) and lyricists Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen).
Although Cruise’s latest starring roles (such as the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) have involved more stunt work than singing, it’s difficult to forget his unlikely turn as the eccentric “Rock God” Stacee Jaxx in 2012’s (mostly) mediocre Rock of Ages. Despite the film’s shortcomings (read our Rock of Ages review), Cruise’s campy, self-aggrandizing performance and surprisingly strong vocal range, proved a highlight of the over-the-top flop. Thanks to rock n’ roll legend Axl Rose’s singing coach, Cruise managed to fine-tune his windpipe and hit all the high, head-banging notes. Hopefully, then, he can lend that same energy and experience to the upcoming Disney musical comedy.
That being said, Bob the Musical‘s fantastical premise doesn’t exactly scream hard rock. Judging by the songwriters involved and Disney’s track record with musical comedies, the film will most likely lean on the lighter, radio-friendly side of things – which could still suit Cruise just fine. With proven comedic chops (remember: Tropic Thunder) and the prowess to further expand his musical career, the flexible actor may be one of the best choices to bring Bob the Musical to life.
Bob the Musical does not currently have an official release date but stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates.
Source: The Wrap