Amélie Director: Musical 'Deeply Disgusts Me'

Jean-Pierre Jeunet hates Broadway, approved project anyway

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 28, 2013 10:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – The news that Amélie is being made into a Broadway musical was met with quite a bit of enthusiasm on Twitter, but one noteworthy person is not happy about it, the Los Angeles Times reports. The idea "deeply disgusts me," Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who directed the 2001 French film, tells a French radio station. "I absolutely loathe musical comedies, and I hate Broadway. I see it as tackiness incarnate." So why in the world did he approve the project? For the money, he says, which he will donate to a children's charity.

"I can tell you that I won't go to see it, I don't want to hear about it, I won't listen to what they're creating," Jeunet continues. "But if it brings in money, maybe I can save some lives."

Emilie Dequenne and Jean-Pierre Jeunet arrive for the screening of the movie "Me and Orson Welles" at the 35th American Film Festival, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, in Deauville, Normandy, France.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
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