James Ponsoldt would not be considered a musical filmmaker. But at one point, the Weinstein Company hired the director to take on the genre through a new adaptation of “Pippin.” From Ponsoldt’s perspective, he was an unorthodox but perfect choice for the project. “In many ways I think I’m a good person for that”, Ponsoldt explained to Collider in 2013. “I mean, I’m not a musical theater guy. Or rather, I don’t watch all, and love all, and have all album. The ones I love, as I have seen “The Wizard of Oz” a hundred times. ‘West Side Story‘ I love it. I love ‘Singing in the Rain’, I love ‘White Christmas’. “
Besides establishing his musical bona fides, Ponsoldt also said: “What’s really great about ‘Pippin’ is that… the tone is like ‘The Princess Bride’ or ‘Monty Python and the Holy Graal’. It’s an absurd episodic take that’s irreverent. At its core, it’s a coming-of-age story about a guy who is 22 and wants to live an amazing life, but can’t even figure out what it is. means and how to make yourself happy. ” Despite this clear vision of what his “Pippin” would be like, Ponsoldt’s busy schedule and the avalanche of challenges the Weinstein Company faced ensured that the project never came to fruition.