Once, by far the cheapest (and cheapest-looking) movie to ever win an Oscar, is getting over one more time on the muscle of its soundtrack. A trio of producers today announced they have optioned last year's indie hit for the stage, plotting to bring the tale of an Irish busker and his broken-vacuum toting Eastern European ladylove who absolutely refuse to stop singing under any circumstances to the Broadway berth where they belong. But will the original duo be invited back, whether you want them or not?
That's the producers' hope, anyway: Songwriters Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová will pass off a handful of unused tunes in addition to those from the film's platinum-selling soundtrack (including the Oscar-winner "Falling Slowly"), with writer-director John Carney brought in to shepherd the production on its inexorable path to lo-fi folk empire. Failing its principals' participation, however, look for the producers to cast David Cook and Carly Smithson in a scrappy, Idol-tinged adaptation of the Once saga itself, from its award-winning run at Sundance '07 through its box-office boom and into this year's Oscar show, where the show concludes with Irglová/Smithson's acceptance speech bloodily severed by the orchestra.