Disney has brought on songwriter Bret McKenzie and Wonder Boys author Michael Chabon to rewrite the long-gestating comedy BOB THE MUSICAL. The project, which has been in development since 2004, centers on a man who suffers a blow on the head and begins to hear people’s inner songs.
The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius is attached to direct, with Tom Cruise rumored to be in discussions to star. The Lego Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were previously attached.
McKenzie is one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, for which he, along with partner Jermaine Clement, won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. He also won an Oscar for original song “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets movie. He will take over song-writing duties for the Disney musical.
Chabon has tried his hand at music before, writing lyrics for Mark Ronson’s best-selling album Uptown Special, which spawned the inescapable hit “Uptown Funk.” He won a Pultizer Prize for his 2000 novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His previous movie credits include penning Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake.
McKenzie and Chabon are repped by UTA.
Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer