McG Looking for a Spring Awakening

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McG is planning to enter into the world of musicals with an adaptation of Spring Awakening, the somewhat controversial Broadway by Steven Sater and Duncan Shiek.

The musical is based on an 1891 play by Frank Wedekind which follows a group of German teenagers of the comptemporary period who indulge in and discover sexuality, taking in subjects like masturbation, abortion, rape, abuse and suicide. It all sounds quite racey and filled with proto-Easton Ellis ennui but the show has been a major success, winning a boat of Tony awards.

How this fits with the general aesthetic of McG, I really don’t know. I think he’s coming up for a major acid test with Terminator Salvation so, post that movie, we’ll be able to grasp better whether he could take this source material and craft an interesting, thought-provoking art piece or, as is presently more likely, a glossed up, nudity-filled, hyper-cut bore.

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