The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types can care about. Today: Broadway claims another beloved movie, HBO passes on a dude show, and Jeff Goldblum heads to TV.
Because everyone everywhere has been clamoring for it for nearly 34 years, Universal has announced plans to turn the cult hit Animal House — about hard-partying frat brothers at a Dartmouth-esque college — into a stage musical. Terrific! Just what the doctor ordered. Broadway musicals always do debauchery really well, it's just such a wild demographic, so this fits perfectly. Even better news about this project? The always-relevant Barenaked Ladies will be writing the score. So hopefully there will be lots of jokes about monkeys and emus and stuff. Woohoo! Party on, Broadway! What a great idea. [The New York Times]
From great news to terrible news. HBO has decided not to go forward with the new show from Entourage creator Doug Ellin. Why is genius always so thwarted? This latest would-have-been masterpiece was called 40 and was about four friends (Ed Burns, Michael Rapaport, Michael Imperioli, and Adrian Pasdar) who all help each other figure out life once they turn 40 years old. So it would be Entourage: The Twilight Years. Or maybe Men of a Certain Age: The Prequel. You know, something good. About men. Being men together. Why would HBO pass on this? Have any of the network execs seen what the television landscape looks like? There are just not enough shows about men and the fact that they are men. We need more shows like that, because otherwise how will people know about men? What will America, nay the world, think about men without Doug Ellin's gentle hand guiding their opinions? It's just really troubling. Won't somebody please think of the men?? [Deadline]