Margaret Lyons
April 14, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Can Spring Awakening be made into a credible film — and is McG the producer and director to do it? Yeesh. Unless the natural progression is now 1891 controversial German play –> Duncan Sheik-penned rock opera –> Explosions.

Could McG conceivably pull off the emotional stories of teen sexuality and identity, of power struggles, and the search for meaning within conscripted bounds? Sure. I hope he does. But I’ve seen Charlie’s Angels and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and while I enjoyed both, neither stands out as particularly nuanced or evocative. McG’s body of work* — again, much of which I’ve enjoyed on some level — lives within pretty mainstream constructs of sex and power, and I’m not sure I believe the executive producer of Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious can make a rock anthem about masturbation not seem like a joke. But maybe I’m wrong, and the guy who shouted “Do you want to see Moon’s boobs in the picture?” to a crowd of Terminator fans really does have a rich and compassionate understanding of sexual identity and self-image. Here’s hoping!

Beyond McG, there’s also the question of how translatable the show is, period. I’m nuts about the music parts, but a lot of the rest seems stilted, plus I worry that film isn’t the ideal medium to capture a sense of cultural claustrophobia…that gets expressed through bold musical numbers.

What about you, PopWatchers? Is McG singing your song of purple summer?

*I’m chalking up most of the empathy on The O.C. and Chuck to Josh Schwartz.

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