Schedule of Upcoming Movie Musical Adaptations

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19 Aug 2015

The following is a list of stage musicals announced to be adapted as films. If you would like to submit any updates, please email dgewirtzman@playbill.com.

NOW AVAILABLE

LUCKY STIFF

  • Release Date: July 24, 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.
  • Trailer
  • Latest Update: "Lucky Stiff" Film, With Jason Alexander and Nikki M. James, Opens Tonight in NYC! (7/24/2015)

 

UPCOMING

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

  • Release Date: March 17, 2017
  • Production Company: Mandeville Films, Walt Disney Pictures
  • Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky
  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson
  • A live-action adaptation of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Linda Woolverton's musical based on the classic fairy tale.
  • Latest Update: Josh Gad Shares Photo from Set of Live-Action Beauty and the Beast (8/3/2015)



 

IN DEVELOPMENT

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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 Rolin Jones has said he expects to finish his screenplay by the end of March 2014.
  • Latest Update: Playwright Rolin Jones Will Adapt American Idiot for the Big Screen (3/17/2014)

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

  • Production Company: Sony Pictures, Playtone
  • Screenplay: Douglas McGrath
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Paul Blake will produce a film adaptation of the musical about the early life and career of singer/songwriter Carole King.
  • Latest Update: Beautiful, About Life of Carole King, Is Heading to the Silver Screen (3/22/2015)

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."
  • Latest Update: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats to Preen on Screen? (7/9/2014)

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.
  • Latest Update: Graff Says Fosse Choreography Is Out and Steroids Are in for New "Damn Yankees" Film (5/22/2010)

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

GUYS AND DOLLS

GYPSY

HELLO AGAIN

IN THE HEIGHTS

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.
  • Latest Update: Film Rights Purchased for Jekyll and Hyde Musical (1/21/2013)

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

LYSISTRATA JONES

  • Production Company: Branded Pictures Entertainment, Peck Entertainment
  • Screenplay: Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn
  • 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.
  • Latest Update: Lysistrata Jones Will "Give It Up" on the Big Screen; Andy Fickman Will Direct Film Adaptation (6/14/2013)

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. The film is currently in pre-production, and is aiming to start filming in late 2016.
  • Latest Update: Matilda Movie Adaptation Likely to Begin Shooting in Late 2016 (8/19/2015)

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.
  • Latest Update: Film Adaptation of Tony-Winning Musical Memphis In the Works (10/15/2012)

MISS SAIGON

OLIVER!

  • Production Company: Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title, Sony Pictures
  • Screenplay: TBA
  • Director: Toby Haynes
  • Cast: TBA
  • A new film adaptation of Lionel Bart's Tony Award-winning musical.
  • Latest Update: Director Named for Film Remake of Oliver! (7/24/2015)

PIPPIN

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."
  • Latest Update: South Pacific, Directed by Michael Mayer, May Return to Screen With Michelle Williams (5/10/2013)

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.
  • Latest Update: Spring Awakening Film May Begin Production This Summer; New Song Added (3/31/2014)

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.
  • Latest Update: Steven Spielberg Interested in Re-Making "West Side Story" (3/19/2014)

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.
  • Latest Update: Producer Marc Platt on Wicked Film: "I Haven't Been in a Hurry" (11/24/2014)