Mottola to build Pink Floyd tuner
Fulfilling Roger Waters’ desire to put another brick in “The Wall,” Miramax Films’ Harvey and Bob Weinstein are teaming with music mogul Tommy Mottola to develop, produce and back a Broadway musical based on the Pink Floyd opus.
Mottola and Miramax acquired the rights from Waters, Pink Floyd’s main creative force, who conceived and created the original work with the idea that it would be an album, movie and stage show. Waters will write the book and arrange and orchestrate his music for the production.
The Weinsteins have invested in and won Tonys for “The Producers,” the revival of “Gypsy” and the London hit “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
“I am thrilled to be involved with bringing ‘The Wall’ to Broadway and to give new generations the opportunity to see this legendary show,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax Films.
In the 20 years after its 1979 release, “The Wall” sold more than 23 million copies in the U.S.; it is the third bestselling album of all time. Soon after its release, EMI rejected the idea of a rock opera and a film, as most West End transfers to film were financial disasters.
MGM made a film of “The Wall” in 1982, one year before Pink Floyd broke up. The pic grossed $22 million in North America.
In 1990, Waters staged a concert version of the album at the foot of the Berlin Wall that was recorded and filmed as well. Rock opera concerns the deterioration of a bitter and narcissistic rock star named Pink.
“Now I can write in some laughs, notable by their absence in the movie,” said Waters, who has long been at work on an opera called “Ca Ira,”
“There are few projects as timeless as ‘The Wall,’ ” said Mottola, formerly chief of Sony Music in North America, who is overseeing the revival of Casablanca Records at Universal Music. “Even after two decades since its first release, ‘The Wall’ continues to break through every generational, socioeconomic and political boundary.”