News that George Clooney is looking to direct a film version of the hit West End play Enron has ruffled a few feathers in the theatre world.
At this stage very little is known about what Clooney is planning, although we do know that the original cast will not be reprising their roles and director Rupert Goold is also not involved.
Spider- Man producer, Laura Ziskin, has secured the rights to the play and the original playwright Lucy Prebble is on board to write the script with Ziskin.
Ex-director of the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Philip Hedley, has expressed his dismay at the decision, saying: “It’s a great shame that the original talent hasn’t been able to follow through, to put on to film what they’ve originally created.”
Enron is a play about the famous Enron scandal, in which the huge energy corporation had a complicated and large bankruptcy. The play uses dance and music to shed light on the situation.
It premièred at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2009 and went on a nationwide tour, which included an extended run in the West End. The play was hugely successful in the UK and has won a number of awards.
In April of 2010 the play went to Broadway, however it did not receive the same rapturous reviews and lasted a mere month on the US stage.
It is interesting therefore that Clooney has decided to take on the film, after it’s lack of success in the US, this may have something to do with his decision to mix things up with the cast.
Either way, it’s an interesting story which is bound to make a great film but whether Clooney will include song and dance, is yet to be seen.