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Five Movies that Need to be Remade Into Musicals

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Which Movies Need the “Sing and Dance” Treatment?

Musicals seem to be all the craze nowadays. Productions such as Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and Hamilton have created a solid fan base around their movies due to their catchy tunes and appealing stories. There was also a remake of West Side Story and Matilda that ended up being remade into musicals. Not only that, but there have also been reports confirming that the sequel to Joker (2019) will be adapted into a musical. With these remakes and remasters popping up, it feels like a good time to brainstorm and come up with other films that would do great as musicals. From holiday to horror films, here are five movies that would excel as musicals.

Home Alone (1990)

As we have seen with past winter holiday movies, they seem to work well with the musical formula. Christmas musicals such as A Muppets Christmas Carol or The Nightmare Before Christmas are some of the most beloved movies of all time. So how about we take an existing non-musical Christmas movie and turn it into one? Home Alone would make an entertaining musical with how many characters and scenarios are featured in the movie. The burglars featured would make an excellent musical duo, with their comic relief and occasional back-and-forth banters. And the many conflicts that Kevin faces would be pretty decent with a song added into the mix, such as resolving the rumors about Old Man Marley, or the scary furnace in the basement that talks for some reason.

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Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Being the sixth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films, this movie wasn’t well regarded for being scary or well-written. However, it is arguably the goofiest movie of the entire franchise and is considered by many to be a “guilty pleasure.” So why not go full goof mode? Have Freddy Krueger and his victims sing and dance their way through the entire story. It could be a funnier, more intense version of Sweeney Todd. It would be in character for Freddy to do this, considering his attitude and goofy personality throughout the entire movie as well as his ability to conjure up specific scenarios and stages to terrorize his victims. The movie also deserves a remake in general, considering that it looks and feels low budget. It would be a great opportunity to try and produce the movie with a more substantial budget or create some aspects to seem more realistic. Try and name a better horror movie that deserves the musical treatment. Jason Vorhees can’t necessarily sing, can he?

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The Outsiders (1983)

The classic film based on a novel is just begging to be a musical. We have seen musical movies similar to the old rival gang plot of The Outsiders, such as Guys and Dolls and West Side Story. The most notable difference between the plots of these movies and the plot of The Outsiders is that it isn’t as heavily revolved around romance, and it revolves more around two specific characters: Ponyboy and Johnny. It would be interesting to see them singing back and forth in a duo, or, if instead of an intense fight scene with the Socs and the Greasers, it could be less intense and involved more “dance fighting.” Considering the movie is set in the ’60s, it would fit to be a musical similar to Grease. But instead of singing about being in love with a girl, there could be singing about “White trash with long, greasy hair.” 

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Miss Doubtfire (1993)

The classic Robin Williams movie about a divorced dad disguising himself as a babysitter to see his kids would be a great musical. Considering the topic and story are solely based on comedy and love of family (or lack thereof), the film would transition perfectly into a song-and-dance-themed film. Think of Mary Poppins meets The Parent Trap. Considering that the main character, Daniel, plays the role as a male who disguises himself as a female, it would be an excellent opportunity to have Daniel and Mrs. Doubtfire as two separate characters with a man and a woman doing vocals with their respective characters. There also aren’t very many musicals that touch on the topic of divorce, except for Divorce: The Musical (yes, that is an actual movie).

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The Godfather (1972)

One of the most well-known masterpieces of all time, it would be very interesting to see The Godfather adapted into a musical. There are quite a few existing musicals that  revolve around gangs and thugs, but there aren’t many musicals that involve the mafia specifically (or drug trade in general.) It could have Don Vito singing about the family business, or it could have Michael singing about him wanting to live a normal life. Considering the plot and layout of the movie is perfect for a stage performance, it would also suit the musical treatment very well. Remember the horse head scene with the movie producer? What if instead of screaming, he let out a long, high C# note? It wouldn’t fit the movie, but it would certainly be funny. 

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