With a resume that includes forays into zombie, cop, action, comic book and video game movies, it should surprise no one that genre-jumping writer/director Edgar Wright also has an interest in musicals. In fact, The Moveable Fest reports that while introducing a film called Umbrellas of Cherbourg during “The Wright Stuff” movie marathon at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, the filmmaker revealed he’s penned one of his own. Sort of.
“I’ve written a script which is kind of like a musical,” Wright said. “Slightly a departure for me in some ways, but when I’ve told people about the movie and the idea, most of them have said, ‘You’ve got to see Umbrellas of Cherbourg,’ So here we are.”
Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 French musical directed by Jacques Demy and starring Catherine Deneuve in which every word of dialog is sung instead of spoken. Deneuve plays a young woman who has a tryst with a man leaving for war and she becomes pregnant and the years that follow.
So, does this mean that Wright has an all-sung tragedy on the page? It’s possible, but we wouldn’t be surprised if healthy doses of comedy are in there, too.
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