What do you get when you combine the talents of two of the best music and lyrics writers in Hollywood with one of the industry’s most bland writers? It looks like we’re about to find out, since The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (the couple behind the music in the Broadway smash “The Book of Mormon” and Disney’s animated hit Frozen) will work with writer Allan Loeb on a film called Bob the Musical for the Mouse House. (No colon in that title, huh? Weird.)
The Lopez’s are at the top of their game right now as Frozen continues to rake in cash at the box office and “The Book of Mormon” still selling out venues around the country. Bob the Musical sounds like an idea that’s right up their alley: the plot centers around “a regular guy who, after a blow to the head, suddenly can hear the inner songs of everyone’s heart as his reality is instantly turned into a musical, much to his dismay.” But when you throw writer Allan Loeb into the mix, the prospects of greatness get a whole lot murkier.
Loeb is the guy responsible for writing films like Here Comes the Boom (the Kevin James MMA movie), Miley Cyrus’ direct-to-DVD spy movie So Undercover, and the Adam Sandler “comedy” Just Go With It, which was legitimately one of the worst things I’ve seen in a decade and the film that convinced me to stop watching Sandler’s comedies altogether. He’s written more mediocre stuff as well – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Rock of Ages, the Vegas card-counting movie 21 – but he’s never done anything that indicates he’ll be able to collaborate with the Lopez’s to turn this story into something worthwhile.
Look, I don’t enjoy ragging on creatives, and I don’t make a habit of it. The movie business is a tough thing to navigate and sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to pay the bills. I understand that. But I’m just sort of baffled by this particular union of creative minds. Hopefully we’ll get a lot more of the Lopez’s influence on the final product than Loeb’s, but in any case this pairing puts a big question mark on Bob the Musical for me. Thoughts? Chime in below and let me know what you think.
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