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Saga: The Musical? Only if Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda is game

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Jan 10, 2018

There’s no question that comic fans would love a TV or movie adaptation of Saga. Hell, even Marvel’s brightest new star, Tessa Thompson, has said she would love to bring Alana to life on the big screen.

But writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples have always protested that their space-opera comic series remains unadaptable. Well, almost unadaptable.

In a new interview with Vulture, the creators have suggested that while there are no current plans to adapt the comics, they would consider making it into a musical if they had a helping hand from Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda. Manuel had mentioned Saga during an interview in the New York Times, calling it “an incredible world in which to get lost.”

Vaughan told the site: “We’ve never spoken with Mr. Miranda, but seeing Hamilton on stage was one of the greatest experiences of my artistic life, and it’s a ridiculous honor to know he reads our work. I know I said we’re not pursuing adaptations, but if Lin-Manuel ever wants to mount a Saga musical, it’s all his, wouldn’t you say, Fiona?”

Staples replied: “Absolutely! I bet Fard has great pipes.”

Excuse us while we get a tiny bit excited about this unrealistic possibility. The space opera – which focuses on the birth of a child named Hazel, whose parents are from opposite sides of an interplanetary war – would definitely make an epic setting for a musical.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first comic book or fantasy material to be made into a musical either. Although being totally honest, they’ve not always worked out so well. Most recently there’s been Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, which was plagued with technical issues, and the West End’s Lord of the Rings musical also closed after bad reviews.

Still, with the magic touch of Mr. Miranda, who knows what Saga: The Musical could be. The series, with occasional scheduled breaks, has been coming out from Image Comics since 2012, so there's plenty of material to draw upon.

What do you think, could Saga make a good musical? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.