Writer mulls 'Yoshimi' musical
Aaron Sorkin seems to have added another legit project to his plate.Scribe, best known for his TV writing (“The West Wing”), has been tapped to write the book for the long-percolating musical version of the Flaming Lips’ concept album “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” according to Lips singer-songwriter Wayne Coyne in an interview posted on the Entertainment Weekly Web site. Sorkin’s theatrical rep said nothing was yet confirmed but that the parties involved are all interested in working together on the project. Sorkin, whose 1989 Broadway play “A Few Good Men” kicked off his career, has only recently returned to legit. His play “The Farnsworth Invention,” directed by Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”), finishes a workshop production at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse on March 25. “Farnsworth” has prompted talk of a Broadway engagement, with Steven Spielberg potentially signing on as an investor. A “Yoshimi” tuner has been in the works for a while now. McAnuff came up with the idea of a legit version of the 2002 Lips record, and he sold Coyne on the project. (McAnuff is aboard to direct.) For now, “Yoshimi” is in too early a stage for a timeline to be set. Plot is still in development, although the album, as the self-explanatory title suggests, follows a girl warrior in her fight against rampaging robots.
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