- Aug 28, 2014
Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that Michael desperately wanted to do the film version of Phantom. But this is when it had not been running very long and Webber said he was afraid a movie version would kill ticket sales.
He said after Chicago was such a hit and the stage version continued to go like gangbusters, he was sorry that he didn't do it when Michael wanted to. (Between Bad and Dangerous).
Since he cast Madonna as Evita, I definitely believe him.
This makes me so sad actually, Michael knew how the industry worked, he knew when to jump in with such a dynamic idea. I believe he knew the potential of such a move and im sure it could exceed "Chicago" easily especially having been I feel like the first of it's kind. Remember that was one thing they noted about "Chicago" was the way it was created. Imagine him placing his genius there how much of a being hit that would have been!