‘Amelie’ Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet Upset About Plans For Broadway Musical: “I hate Broadway”

amelie-broadwaySometimes you do a project for art, sometimes you do it for money. French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet helmed the Oscar-nominated film Amelie back in 2001. Not only was it a critical success, but it also took in $152 million at the box office.

Jeunet decided to sell the rights to the film in order to support his favorite charity, the Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiac (Heart Surgery Patronage).

The 59-year-old director shared in a radio interview, “For a long time I resisted, I turned down every offer. But 10 years later, there’s a bit of a crisis. I support an organisation called Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiac. It costs 10,000 euros to save a child, I have already helped to save a good dozen children, and then I thought this could be an opportunity to save more.”

Even though his good deed is saving dozens of sick children, he has a few regrets about losing the rights to his creative work. The French movie is about to be turned into a Broadway musical.

Jenunet didn’t hold back about his feelings for musical theater.

“I hate Broadway. I think it is the very incarnation of tackiness,” said the Frenchman.

In fact, he’s downright “disgusted” by the direction producers are taking his pet project.

He continued, “I can tell you that I will not go to see it, I don’t even want to hear about it, I won’t listen to what they do, but if it brings in some money, well maybe I can save a few lives, and that’s the only reason I accepted.”

Amelie will be adapted for the Broadway stage by Dan Messe. No dates for the production have been announced yet.

Via AFP

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/danny-mcbride-vice-principles.jpg
Danny McBride on His Early Career Struggles: “Looking back on it, I liked how dirty and grimy and dangerous it got”
After his first role in Green's All the Real Girls, McBride thought he'd go back to writing
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/annette-bening-film-starts-dont-die-in-liverpool.jpg
Annette Bening on Starting Her Career Relatively Late and How It Influenced Her Acting Process
"It took me a long time to feel comfortable working in movies. I felt kind of like I was a stage actress pretending I was a movie actress" - Annette Bening
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/jon-bernthal-punisher.jpg
Jon Bernthal on His Approach to Acting and How Investing Himself into a Role Makes for Better Performances
"One of the drawbacks of playing the Punisher would be the high exposure. There’s a real downside to that as an actor" - Jon Bernthal
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/daniel-day-lewis-phantom-thread.jpg
Daniel Day-Lewis on His “Final” Role in ‘Phantom Thread’: “The impulse to quit took root in me, and that became a compulsion”
"All my life, I’ve mouthed off about how I should stop acting, and I don’t know why it was different this time" - Daniel Day-Lewis
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/adam-driver-last-jedi.jpg
Adam Driver: “Basically, the only thing I try to do is know my lines”
"I never figure anything out. I do my job. That’s my goal, to be as economical as possible." - Adam Driver