Sometimes it can seem like the New York stage is an extension of the Hollywood machine, and vice versa.
These days movie stars come and go on Broadway like city buses (though moving from the stage to the screen remains seemingly more difficult), and shows based on films—”Sister Act,” “Catch Me If You Can,” et al.—are hitting the Great White Way at a dizzying speed.
So it was no surprise—albeit still pleasant—when ArtsBeat earlier revealed that David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, which won a Pulitzer on page, numerous Tonys on stage, and was nominated for an Oscar when it was on screen, is coming back to Broadway.
As you’re too young to remember, the show first opened in 1984. It became a film in 1992, was revived on stage in 2005 and now is coming back. Oh, and Al Pacino, who was in the film will be back, although in a different part. Got that?
Unfortunately, every clip from the (awesome) film version of Mamet’s story is blocked from being embedded in a post, so we can’t share with you our favorite scenes. But we can point you here.
And below are some clips from recent productions of movies-gone-to-stage. You be the judge of whether the trend is a good or bad one
19-year-old thief and career conman Colton Harris-Moore has reportedly evaded authorities in the U.S. by crash-landing a stolen plane on a small island in the Bahamas. Isn’t that sort of what happens in a Leonardo DiCaprio movie from the actor’s not-quite-a-man-pretty-boy prime? Kind of…
Authorities in the Bahamas are on the hunt for Harris-Moore, who’s known as the “barefoot burglar” and has been on the run for over two years. The boy thief started out as a small-time burglar in Washington state, but he’s since graduated to stealing big luxury items, including planes and boats. Last month, he was spotted in an Indiana town where a Cessna 400 disappeared from its locked airport hangar. The plane was reported missing over the weekend, when its emergency locator transmitter placed it somewhere off the coast of the Bahamas. It reportedly crash-landed on Great Abaco, an island in the Northern Bahamas known for its sailing and resorts. A U.S. Embassy spokesperson said a manhunt has been underway since the weekend, and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward.
Wayward youth Colton was first convicted of stealing at the tender age of 12, and he’s pretty much been thieving or doing time since. In 2008, he escaped from a halfway house, where he’d been placed after a couple years in detention, through an open window. Since then, he’s been linked to a number of robberies, including multiple airplane thefts. Fox has already optioned the rights to his life story.
The story, and Colton’s photogenic mug, vaguely recall the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, which features Leonardo DiCaprio as the real-life conman Frank Abagnale Jr. Before his 19th birthday, Abagnale cashed millions of dollars in fraudulent checks in 26 countries, posing as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and lawyer, with FBI agents hot on his trail. Spielberg directed that flick; Fox has optioned the Harris-Moore story for the production company of director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Snow Angels).