Broadway fans may be eager to see Amelie on Broadway, but there is someone is a little less jazzed about the film-to-stage adaptation: the movie’s director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
The French director recently spoke out against the Broadway-aimed musical adaptation by Dan Messe and Craig Lucas. According to the Agence France-Presse, Jeunet said in a radio interview that he was “disgusted” by the idea that the film would play Broadway: “I hate Broadway. I think it is the very incarnation of tackiness. I can tell you that I will not go to see it, I don't even want to hear about it, I won't listen to what they do, but if it brings in some money, well maybe I can save a few lives, and that's the only reason I accepted.”
After 10 years of resisting selling his rights to Amelie, Jeunet finally relinquished with the hope that the money would help benefit Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiaque, an organization that helps children with heart defects.
Amelie tells the story of a Amelie Poulain, a young girl who was home-schooled by her mother and cultivated a very active imagination. The film details her life in Paris as she helps those around her try to find love, and ultimately falls in love herself. The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. The movie stars Audrey Tatou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus and Lorella Cravotta.