Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’ Hires Michael Chabon and Composer Bret McKenzie, Tom Cruise Still Circling
Disney’s Bob the Musical has been in development for over 10 years now, with The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius recently coming aboard to reinvigorate the project, while Tom Cruise remains interested in starring (and, you can see a little bit of Cruise performing in the Lip Sync Battle from last night’s Tonight Show above). A little more progress has been made on Bob the Musical today, as Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie has been hired to compose the Musical element of the title, and Michael Chabon has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay.
THR reports that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is in talks to lend his talents to Bob the Musical, a film that centers on an average guy who suffers a blow to the head, enabling him to hear the songs in the hearts of those around him, turning his life into a musical. Chabon is well-known for novels like The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Wonder Boys, and previously did screenwriting work on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, as well as Disney’s John Carter.
Tom Cruise has been circling the project for some time now, which would mark his second musical effort in recent years, following the underwhelming Rock of Ages.
In addition, Disney has hired Bret McKenzie, one-half of the Flight of the Conchords music duo, to compose songs for Bob the Musical. McKenzie previously wrote songs for The Muppets and won an Oscar for the original song “Man or Muppet.”