Although personally I thought it was a pretty lousy film, the 2012 film of the Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables was a big commercial success, and I’m surprised that we haven’t heard anything about plans to film their other big stage hit, Miss Saigon, before now. Miss Saigon is loosely on the opera Madame Butterfly and revolves around the doomed relationship between a Vietnamese girl named Kim, and a US soldier named Chris during the final days of the Vietnam War. After falling in love, Chris vows to take Kim back to America with him, but the Fall of Saigon occurs and chaos ensues. The musical spans four years, and highlights America’s role in the Vietnam War, as well as the repercussions from our involvement on both the American and Vietnamese people. Like Les Miserables it’s a tragic tale which is entirely sung, and is a pretty spectacular affair on stage, though for my money the music isn’t as memorable.
Thankfully Tom Hooper, who pretty much ruined the Les Miserables film with his endless close-ups and managed to somehow make a hugely expensive production look astoundingly cheap, has not been mentioned as being in talks to direct Miss Saigon. The man who has is Danny Boyle, an odd choice to some, though the failure of his repeated attempts to get a David Bowie musical off the ground has no doubt got him interested in doing another musical. I was a bit disappointed with Steve Jobs, but Boyle is still a filmmaker who can pull off most types of film, and I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t do a good job on Miss Saigon. Les Miserables producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are behind the project.