Monday, January 26, 2015

Whatever Became Of ...

Once in a while, I wonder what my last Disney boss, Peter Schneider, is doing.

The last time I saw him, he was introducing (and unspooling) the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty at the El Capitan. But that was, what? Five or six years ago.

And more recently, the scuttlebutt was he'd moved to London. But now this:

Former Disney producer Peter Schneider and producing partner Elisabetta di Mambro, in association with Broadway Across America and Mehr! Entertainment, have acquired the worldwide rights to adapt Sara Gruen’s best-seller Water For Elephants as a stage musical. The novel, published by Algonquin Books, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. ...

Water For Elephants was no great shakes as a flossy Hollywood movie. But as a Broadway musical, maybe it will perform better.

Peter started as an exec at the L.A. Olympics, moved to Disney Feature Animation when it was taking off in the last half of the eighties, and ran the studio during Michael Eisner's final years as the Mouse's topkick.

After cartoons, and live-action, he's moved back to theater. And there's the question: Is Water For Elephants going to be a blockbuster?

I think we'll have to wait a couple of years to find out.


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