Lee Daniels Commits To The Janis Joplin Biopic; Sets Sights MISS SAIGON
Lee Daniels is coming off the successful release of his civil rights saga, The Butler. But the director is already mapping out his next endeavors.
In an interview with THR, Daniels confirmed that he’s going to take the helm of the stalled Janis Joplin biopic with Amy Adams playing the iconic rocker. Given that Adams has already proven her vocal chops in movies like Enchanted and The Muppets, she’s probably as good a choice as any to play Joplin.
That’s all well and good, but the more important bit of information to come out of the interview is Daniels still wants to direct an adaptation of Miss Saigon, and he wants to do it after the Joplin biopic.
Being the musical whore that I am, I’ve wanted to see a Miss Saigon movie from the moment I saw it on stage. It’s so much better than Les Misérables, that I’m still upset that Miss Saigon is coming second. Though Daniels doesn’t have a musical background, he can work mix melodrama with other genre cliches like very few directors out there. And if he made me cry three times during The Butler, then god only know what I’ll be like after Lee Daniels’ Miss Saigon.
So listen up, Cameron Mackintosh. You screwed up when you hired Tom Hooper to direct Les Miz. Don’t make that same mistake again. It’s Daniels or bust.