Bend It Like Beckham Will Soon Become a Musical


Let no media property escape being wrung dry for every single dollar! There’s a Bend It Like Beckham musical opening in London next May.

That’s according to the Guardian. The original film’s director, Gurinder Chadha, will helm the project. It’ll still be set in 2001, making it a bit of a period piece. But Chadha still sees a great deal of relevance:

“We are opening in the year of the election and there are enough people out there who will be using race as a divisive mechanism during the election process, which traditionally and historically always happens, as we know,” she told the Guardian.
“What we are trying to do is make a stakehold for those of us who believe we live in a brilliant nation that is all the better for being as diverse and as interesting culturally as it is, and that it isn’t just one community that has created this.”

It was the stage version of Billy Elliot that finally sold her on the revamp, she told the Guardian: “I was doubly moved because I loved how it had crystallised a particular moment in British history and thought, ‘Hold on, I might have been mistaken.'”

Sounds lovely. Too bad I’m boycotting musical adaptations until America finally gets to see the Rebecca of which we were so cruelly deprived. And also, for our troubles, a documentary about how Broadway’s 2012 attempt fell apart. Please and thank you.

Image via AP.

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