The award-winning musical that catapulted Filipina singer Lea Salonga a byword in the global music scene will be adapted into a full-length film.
The announcement came from Sir Cameron Mackintosh himself during a recent interview with Britain’s The Telegraph. Mackintosh, the creator of other legendary musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Mary , and Cats, said that Miss Saigon is the next musical destined for the silver screen ..
However Mackintosh added that the decision to push through with the project will depend on the result at the tills of Les Miserables, his latest musical made into a movie that will hit the theaters this Christmas. The big screen musical was based on the 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo of the same title.
This early, a number of aspirants are reportedly planning to audition for the lead role of Kim. Mackintosh was said to have already met with former Disney star, Fil-Am Anna Maria Perez de Tagle in London because he was told she can do justice for the role of Kim. De Tagle is reportedly endowed with Salonga’s innocence and powerful stage presence, as, as well as her superb vocal skill.
Miss Saigon is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tale of a romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is in Saigon during the Vietnam War of the 1970s.
The original Kim was played by Lea Salonga who became famous worldwide for the role that also worn for her the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Award.