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.
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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