Miss Saigon Dreaming of Film Treatment Following Les Miserables
By Adam Hetrick
Producer Cameron Mackintosh revealed in a recent interview with the Telegraph that should the upcoming film of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's Les Miserables prove to be successful, their 1989 musical Miss Saigon will likely be the next project to be adapted for the big screen.
"If Les Mis is a success then Miss Saigon will be made into a film. It isn't confirmed at this point but there are many people sniffing around and offers coming in," Macintosh said in an interview.
The film of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, will debut Christmas day.
In 2009 it was reported that "Precious" director Lee Daniels had Miss Saigon on his film wish list. Film producer Paula Wagner was also said to be working on a deal with Mackintosh at the time.
Schönberg and Boublil collaborated with Richard Maltby, Jr. on the 1989 musical Miss Saigon, which took inspiration from the Puccini opera Madama Butterfly. Set during the fall of Vietnam, the musical centers on an American G.I. and a young Vietnamese prostitute who fall in love against the backdrop of the war. When Saigon falls and the Americans pull out, the young woman is left behind.
Miss Saigon premiered on Broadway in 1991, earning Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score and earned Tony Awards for Best Actor (Jonathan Pryce), Best Actress (Lea Salonga) and Best Featured Actor (Hinton Battle).
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