Fight Over 'Slumdog Millionaire' Musical Heats Up (Report)

Paul Smith, a producer on the Oscar-winning film, plans to go ahead with a stage adaptation sans director Danny Boyle and his team.
Danny Boyle.
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An executive producer for 2008's Slumdog Millionaire, which picked up a slew of Oscars including best director for Danny Boyle, intends to go forth on a stage version -- without the creative input of Boyle and others who worked on the film.

According to the New York Post, producer Paul Smith's plans to launch a Slumdog musical have resulted in composer A.R. Rahman's refusal to permit Smith to use his Oscar-winning song "Jai Ho." Smith, who owns screen rights to the India-based adventure, recently recruited Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes for the project after talks fizzled with Boyle over creative differences, the Post reports.

One issue: Smith's alleged reluctance to guarantee the role of director to Boyle.

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“There is an artistic picket line forming because people are surprised (Paul) would do this to Danny,” a source told the Post. “The position has been clear for some time that everyone wants to be involved together, or not at all."

The team for Slumdog, which raked in $338 million at the worldwide box office, includes producer Christian Colson, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and Rahman, who won two Oscars for "Jai Ho."

Boyle, meanwhile, has a hit on his hands as helmer of the U.K. stage production of Frankenstein, which hits U.S. theaters next month. The iconic monster has also inspired Boyle's vision for the London Olympics opening ceremony, which he's overseeing.

 

 

 

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