EXCLUSIVE: 2010 Tony Nominee John Logan Penning Theatre-Based TV Series

News   EXCLUSIVE: 2010 Tony Nominee John Logan Penning Theatre-Based TV Series
Golden Globe Award winner John Logan, who is currently making his Broadway debut as a playwright with the Tony-nominated Best Play Red, is currently at work on a new play and an HBO TV series.

John Logan
John Logan

Following his May 4 Tony nomination, Logan told Playbill.com, "I'm writing another play, and I'm doing a pilot for HBO. We're supposed to start filming in June."

Logan declined to comment on the new play, but he did say that the pilot, currently titled "The Miraculous Year," is "about a New York family, and it actually deals with theatre. The lead character's a Broadway composer-lyricist, so it's got a huge theatre component to it."

"And, a script I wrote a while ago for Marty Scorsese," Logan added, "called 'The Invention of Hugo Cabre,' starts filming this summer in June in London."

About his Tony nomination, Logan admitted, "It's a little overwhelming. I mean, I grew up in New Jersey, and my youth was spent taking the train to the half-price booth every single weekend seeing Broadway shows . . . and dreaming about this moment, actually. I'm not a kid [now], you know, and I've spent a long time being a writer, but to be nominated for a Tony for a play on Broadway is absolutely the top of the food chain, as far as I'm concerned, so it was a little overwhelming."

When asked how American audiences differ in their reaction to the play than London audiences — Red debuted at London's Donmar Warehouse — Logan explained, "I think mostly people get the joke here more. I don't know if you know the play, but it's built as sort of a battle between these two characters. By the time they get to the fourth scene and they're really going at each other, the audiences are just listening so carefully. It's like they're watching a tennis match, and they're going 'Ooh!' and 'Aah!,' and they're right up there onstage with the characters. And, you know, for a writer, I have to say, I can't stay away from the theatre. I go there way too much, and it's so exciting to see an audience engaging with a work of drama." Will Red have a life on the screen? "Well, because my day job is a screenwriter, there's been some talk, but I think this is a play, and it has to have its full life as a work of theatre. Especially today it does, let me tell you!"

Logan also penned the plays Never the Sinner, Hauptmann, Speaking in Tongues, Scorched Earth and Riverview and the screenplays for "Sweeney Todd," "The Aviator" and "Gladiator."

Red plays the Golden Theatre. The production received seven 2010 Tony nominations.

Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
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