Q: Why have they never made a film version of "Miss Saigon"?

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Given Hollywood's love of adaptations, you'd think that by now it would have gotten around to "Miss Saigon" — one of the most beloved Broadway musicals of the late 20th century. As for why it hasn't yet happened, you'd have to ask Danny Boyle — he came the closest.

Rumors circulated in 2017 and '18 that the famed British director of "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) and "127 Hours" (2010) would take it on. Sadly, that claim never amounted to more than a rumor, and nothing's been said of it since.

It's possible that Hollywood agrees with some Broadway critics who believe the play's racial and gender politics wouldn't work as well today.

"'Miss Saigon' ... will continue to be problematic for years to come unless it rids itself of its Orientalism, toxic misogyny and white savior complex," Deadline.com critic Dino-Ray Ramos wrote.

Of course, that hasn't stopped Hollywood before, not to mention that Ramos' critique is actually just a call to update the script to address these issues — something the film biz is often happy to do (after all, that's what Disney did with many of the somewhat horrifying children's tales it adapted).

There's also the fact that the play "Miss Saigon" is itself already an adaptation of Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly," a story that has been told on screen numerous times already.

It's also possible that the play's moment has passed. Its days as a Broadway sensation came decades ago, and a recent Broadway revival was met with harsh reviews and less-than-sensational ticket sales.


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