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Sunset Boulevard musical film adaptation ‘ready to go’ in 2021

More details have been teased about a long awaited film adaptation of Sunset Boulevard the Musical.


Work on a big screen version has been underway since 2005 and production may finally begin next year.

Glenn Close, who’s set to reprise her starring role as Norma Desmond on the movie, says the team are “ready” to begin filming.

She told Vogue magazine: “We have a fantastic script. I’m starring as well as producing, so I’ve been in the trenches with that one. We’re just waiting for an absolute green light, and I hope it’ll happen in the new year because we’re ready.”

Close added: “I used to think I needed to play Albert Nobbs before I died, but now I think I need to do this. I can’t really put Norma to rest until I’ve explored her on film, so I hope that that happens.”

The three-time Tony Award winner also spoke about recreating the character for the screen.

She explained: “In theater, if you analyze the songs, some of them are very internal. It’s what’s going on in her head. So that, to me, will be fascinating, because how your face looks when you’re singing a high note in front of a theater will look very different when you see it in close-up.

“To me, it’ll be a great experiment. I personally think it’s Andrew’s most beautiful score. To bring the emotionality of the music with that iconic story to the screen would be simply hair-raising. That’s something I’m looking forward to.”

It was previously reported that Rob Ashford would direct the film with a screenplay by Tom MacRae.

Sunset Boulevard features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.

Based on the 1950 film of the same name, it follows a faded silent screen star Norma Desmond who has a chance encounter with a screenwriter Joe Gillis that leads to romance, drama and tragedy.

The Tony award-winning musical, which first opened in the West End in 1993, features songs including With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye and Perfect Year.

About the author: Rachel Wise

UK based freelancer journalist Rachel contributes regularly to Stageberry with features and interviews from the hottest new shows and stage stars.