From Stage to Screen: Musicals Heading to a Cinema Near You

4449broadwayThis year we have seen Into the Woods transfer from the stage into a very successful film as well as a new version of the ever popular Annie. The following list are musical shows to be adapated into films in the near future.

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Release Date: February 13, 2015
Distributor: RADiUS
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Jeremy Jordan, Anna Kendrick
An adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical about two sides of a love story, with one character moving chronologically forward and the other moving backward.

The following are awaiting distribution

LONDON ROAD

Release Date: 2015
Production Company: BBC Films, Cuba Pictures, National Theatre
Screenplay: Alecky Blythe
Director: Rufus Norris
Cast: Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, Tom Hardy, Linzi Hateley
An adaptation of Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s musical about a series of murders in Ipswich in 2006.

LUCKY STIFF

Release Date: 2015
Production Company: Arclight Films, Branded Pictures Entertainment, New Oz Productions
Screenplay: Lynn Ahrens
Director: Christopher Ashley
Cast: Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James, Dominic Marsh
An adaptation of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1988 musical about a shoe salesman who takes his dead uncle on a trip to Monte Carlo.

In Development

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Production Company: CBS Films
Screenplay: Bert V. Royal
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Jason Robert, Dan Elish and Robert Horn’s musical about a teenager who moves from New York City to small-town Indiana.

AMERICAN IDIOT

Production Company: Playtone Productions, Universal Studios
Screenplay: Rolin Jones
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer’s Tony nominated musical based on Green Day’s 2004 concept album of the same name. Writer Roland Jones has said he expects to finish his screenplay by the end of March 2014.
Playwright Rolin Jones Will Adapt American Idiot for the Big Screen

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Production Company: Mandeville Films, Walt Disney Pictures
Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson
A live-action adaptation of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Linda Woolverton’s musical based on the classic fairy tale.

CATS

Production Company: Universal Pictures
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

DAMN YANKEES

Production Company: New Line Cinema, Zadan/Meron Productions
Screenplay: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Director: Todd Graff
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jake Gyllenhaal
An updated film adaptation of the Jerry Ross, Richard Adler, George Abbott and Douglass Wallop’s Tony Award winning musical, with changes including the use of steroids, and changing the Washington Senators to the Chicago Cubs.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Production Company: Rhombus Media
Screenplay: Bob Martin, Don McKellar
Director: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway
Geoffrey Rush will reportedly executive produce and star in an adaptation of Lisa Lambert, Bob Martin, Don McKellar and Greg Morrison’s musical.

GUYS AND DOLLS

Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Screenplay: Danny Strong
Director: TBA
Cast: Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A new film adaptation of Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling’s Tony Award-winning musical.

GYPSY

Production Company: Universal Pictures
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese
Director: Barbra Streisand
Cast: Barbra Streisand
A new film adaptation of Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ classic musical starring Barbra Streisand as Rose.

HELLO AGAIN

Production Company: SPEAKproductions
Screenplay: Cory Krueckeberg
Director: Tom Gustafson
Cast: Audra McDonald
An adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical based on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde.

IN THE HEIGHTS

Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda
An adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Tony Award-winning musical about the residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

JEKYLL & HYDE

Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Production company RP Media has reportedly purchased the film rights to Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s popular musical.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Production Company: The Really Useful Group, Rocket Pictures
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Elton John’s Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical with the intention of turning into an animated feature film.

LITTLE MERMAID

Production Company:Working Title, Universal
Screenplay:Tim Burton
Director: Sophia Coppola

Cast: TBA

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Production Company: Marc Platt Productions, Warner Bros.
Screenplay: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Director: TBA
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Producer Marc Platt is reportedly planning on producing a new film adaptation of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s musical about a man-eating plant.

LYSISTRATA JONES

Production Company: Branded Pictures Entertainment, Peck Entertainment
Screenplay: TBA
Director: Andy Fickman
Cast: TBA
Andy Fickman is developing a film adaptation of Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn’s musical about a group of high school cheerleaders who refuse to “give it up” until their basketball-player boyfriends score on the court.

MATILDA

Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: Dennis Kelly
Director: Matthew Warchus
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s musical based on the Roald Dahl novel. Director Matthew Warchus has said the film is aiming for a 2019 premiere.

MEMPHIS

Production Company: Alcon Entertainment, Belle Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Warner Bros.
Screenplay: Joe DiPietro
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan’s Tony Award-winning musical about a white radio DJ and his love for a black singer at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement.

MISS SAIGON

Production Company: Chestnut Ridge Productions, Lee Daniels Entertainment
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Producer Cameron Mackintosh has said he would like to make a a film version of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s 1989 musical as a follow-up to Les Misérables.

OLIVER!

Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Cameron Mackintosh is reportedly producing a new film adaptation of Lionel Bart’s Tony Award-winning musical.

PIPPIN

Production Company: The Weinstein Company, Storyline Entertainment
Screenplay: James Ponsoldt
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s musical.

SOUTH PACIFIC

Production Company: Chicagofilms
Screenplay: Lynn Grossman
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Justin Timberlake, Michelle Williams
A new film adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, with a screenplay incorporating additional details from James Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific.”

SPRING AWAKENING

Studio/Production Company: Playtone
Screenplay: Steven Sater
Director: McG
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony Award-winning musical. Steven Sater has said he hopes the film will being shooting in late summer or early fall 2014.

WEST SIDE STORY

Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Screenplay: TBA
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: TBA
Steven Spielberg is reportedly considering directing a new film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ classic musical.

WICKED

Production Company: Marc Platt Productions, Universal Pictures
Screenplay: TBA
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzamn’s popular musical about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West.

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