April 5, 2012
A Christmas Carol . . . for Gays?
'Scrooge & Marley' billed as a 'modern-day variation' with 'a gay sensibility.'
A Christmas Carol has already had many film adaptations over the years, including animated versions and even one with The Muppets (a quite awesome version, I might add!). But we're not sure what Charles Dickens would think of the upcoming adaptation called Scrooge & Marley, which filmmakers are billing as "a modern-day variation" on the story. "Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music," they promise that the production brings "a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion."
And if you're wondering, yes, Scrooge himself will be gay.
Two-time Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, a writer, songwriter, and actor, and David Moretti (The Lair) head up the cast. Moretti said, "Christmas movies hold a very special place in my heart as I have a handful of favorites I've watched every single Christmas since I was a little boy. My hope is that Scrooge & Marley becomes that for the gay community. It's a sweet, classic story of redemption ... with a little glitter."
The film will be shot in Chicago next month. Richard Knight Jr. and Peter Neville will direct. Knight and Neville deliver their pitch for the film (and fundraising) here: