Richard Linklater will direct BLUE MOON about singer-songwriters Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Childhood, Hitman) is working on a new film project. It is entitled blue Moon and will tell the story of American singer-songwriters Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

Taking its title from the 1934 ballad written by Rodgers and Hart, the film “watches as Hart attempts to save face while celebrating his former partner Rodgers’ smash hit on the night of the Broadway opening of his musical Oklahoma!”.

Rodgers and Hart collaborated between 1919 and the early 1940s, with Rodgers as composer and Hart as lyricist. While working together, they created 28 stage musicals and created more than 500 songs in total.

The report explains that “the partnership between Rodgers and Hart ended primarily due to Hart’s increasing problems with alcoholism and mental health problems, which made it difficult for him to work consistently.

“In 1943, Rodgers began a new collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II to work on Oklahoma!, which was considered revolutionary for its seamless integration of music, lyrics and dance into the narrative, setting a new standard for musical theater.

“The success of the show made Rodgers and Hammerstein one of the most successful duos in musical theater history, leading to other iconic works such as Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.”

The film’s screenplay was written by Robert Kaplow, who previously co-wrote Linklater’s 2008 film Orson Welles and Me.

It’s unclear whether this will be Linklater’s next film, but it’s one he’ll start making soon.

Source: deadline

by Joey Paur
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