EmptyMcG is in talks to bring the Broadway rock musical "Spring Awakening" to the big screen, developing it with original book and lyrics writer Steven Sater. McG is attached to direct and would act as a producer.
The project is not set up at a studio, though McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. McG might opt not to go the studio route in order to make a more intimate, or edgier, movie version.
Set in 19th century Germany, the coming-of-age story follows a group of teens discovering their sexuality and dealing with such high-wire topics as masturbation, abortion, rape and suicide.
Sater and rocker Duncan Sheik based the musical on an 1891 German play, and their resulting work resulted in a runaway Broadway success. It won Tonys for best musical, book, original score and actor.
McG, who is in post on the tentpole "Terminator Salvation," is not that odd a choice to helm the film adaptation: The director got his start in the music business, first as a songwriter (he produced Sugar Ray's first album and co-wrote songs on the second) then as a video director. He also has kept one toe in the teen pool by exec producing such youth-centric shows as "The O.C.," "Chuck" and the upcoming drama school-set pilot "Limelight."
Sater, who shares the movie rights with Sheik and the stage producers of "Awakening," is repped by CAA; McG is repped by Endeavor and Management 360. (partialdiff)