By Amanda Wicks
Could the ongoing drama between ex-CEO and general bad guy Martin Shkreli and the Wu-Tang Clan be the next big Broadway hit? Possibly, but at the very least it’ll make for a hilarious night of theater.
In late 2015, Shkreli purchased the Wu-Tang Clan’s rare album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2 million and made several threats about what he would do with it. They involved destroying the album, keeping it locked away from the public or placing it in a hard-to-reach foreign location so interested listeners had to first go on a pilgrimage to reach it.
That kind of behavior helped fuel the rumor that Wu-Tang Clan had included a clause in the album’s sale stating they could hire Bill Murray to help get the album back, heist style.
Now, there’s going to be a musical about it.
The “musical comedy caper” is called Martin Shkreli’s Game: How Bill Murray Joined the Wu-Tang Clan, according to Fact. To help get the production off the ground, the writers have launched an IndieGoGo campaign. They’re seeking $6,500 to get things started, but that goal is flexible and for a whopping $2 million the highest donor can own the complete rights to the musical.
The musical will debut in July at the Midtown International Theater Festival with the appropriate tagline, “It’s the musical heist you never knew you needed.” Maybe we didn’t know we needed it, but we always wanted it.
This doesn’t mark the first time someone has taken the rumor and turned it into a script. In mid-December 2015, someone went ahead and wrote a script for a heist movie, but that, alas, never got off the ground.