Another Flaming Lips project that will probably never get done
Lead Lip Wayne Coyne tells Entertainment Weekly (E-Dub in my house, yo) that plans are underway to adapt their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots into a Broadway musical. (Paragraph break to allow time for a hearty laugh.) Yeah, I'll be looking for that right around the time Christmas on Mars finally hits theaters. But wait, it gets better. Guess who's writing the book for the musical? None other than West Wing/Studio 60 scribe Aaron Sorkin. Damn, they must have found a really good batch of 'shrooms when they hatched this plan. Des McAnuff, an actually established Broadway producer and director, is also involved with the project. Coyne readily admits that the musical is years away from coming to fruition, saying, "I tell people all the time [the album is] not really a story. There's a Japanese girl; she fights some robots; that's five minutes. After that I don't know." At least he's learned to cop to the fact that there's often not substance behind his big plans. The only thing that could possibly make this venture a bit interesting to me is if they actually convince Yoshimi to play herself, and bring the Boredoms in to do the music. Remember when the most embarrassing thing the Lips had done was playing the Peach Pit on Bev 9ers? Ahhh, the good ol' days.