THE BOOK OF MORMON Will Be A Movie… Just Not Right Away

It seems like a fait accompli that at some point there will be a film adaption of The Book Of Mormon. The Broadway musical has opened to rave reviews (including our own), won nine Tony Awards earlier this year, is currently sold out for nearly the next two years and has a touring version being prepared to hit the road in December 2012. The show is a smash success for creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez and back in April, Parker and Stone stated that a big screen adaption was definitely something that was being talked about.

That possibility now much more of a reality, and we will be seeing a cinematic version of Book Of Mormon. It just won’t be right away.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Parker stated that a Book Of Mormon film is an inevitability after the Broadway show and touring company run their courses.

Hopefully [the show] will have a big run and a big tour and then we can do the movie in several years.

Stone added –

We want to do it some day. The great thing is, a lot of Broadway teams would have to go team up with a Hollywood producer and bring on a Hollywood director, but Trey’s a director and [the musical’s producer] Scott [Rudin]’s a great producer. We’ve all made movies. So it’s kind of cool, it can stay in the same family.

As I said back in April, I would love to see a big screen adaption of Book Of Mormon, especially if they can get as much as of the original cast to participate as possible. (Josh Gad is a must!) I think the show has enough material in it that can be opened up for a cinematic version. And as subversive as the musical is of certain Broadway tropes, I can easily see Parker, Stone and Lopez being equally so with a movie version. And, if you’ve seen the show, you just know that the show-stopping production number “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” could only be even cooler when realized on film.

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