Shaun Of The Dead is now the latest movie to be converted to stage and will begin touring in 2015 throughout the UK. And all with Simon Pegg’s blessing! This is fantastic news as the stage show always ends up adding an element a film cannot, it’s live. The partly crowd funded production was brought to life in Simon’s hometown by Almost Legal Productions who obtained permission and had been working on the stage show for over six months. Director Chas Burns said “We had people all over the world asking us to bring it to their countries” after Pegg gave the thumbs up.
In the past we’ve seen success with Spamalot, the musical comedy adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2009 grossing over $175 million dollars while winning numerous awards and resulted in touring the world over from Australia to Norway. Evil Dead the Musical made it’s Off-Broadway debut in 2006 after a successful showcase in 2004 at the legendary Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. The soundtrack even reached #4 on the Billboard Show Charts. Point Break Live, an adaptation of the 1991 film, is currently touring the US where someone from the crowd is selected each night to come on stage and live out their dream performing the role of Keanu Reeves’ character, Johnny Utah. This is just another example of how these shows are giving the audience a unique way to connect with the films they love. I just recently watch the band Viper perform the entire Top Gun soundtrack complete with crowd volleyball interaction, extended scenes, and more surprises I can’t reveal. Screen to Stage adaptations aren’t anything new, however, Shaun Of The Dead Live joins the list blurring the line between conventional and unconventional choices to be converted. It’s also a testament to the world of pop culture, it’s passionate fan base, and it’s impact on the medium today.