Beautiful, About Life of Carole King, Is Heading to the Silver Screen | Playbill

News Beautiful, About Life of Carole King, Is Heading to the Silver Screen Sony Pictures will produce the film version of the award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which concerns the early life and career of the groundbreaking singer/songwriter, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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The film adaptation will be produced by Oscar winner Tom Hanks and his business partner Gary Goetzman as well as Paul Blake, who is the lead producer of the Broadway musical, which continues at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

In a statement Michael De Luca, Sony's president of production, said, "Theatrical audiences both on Broadway and in the West End have responded to Beautiful, not only to relive Carole King's timeless classics, but to experience the ways they illustrate her triumphant and joyful life story. We’re thrilled to be bringing this inspiring and powerful musical to movie audiences everywhere."

The motion picture company will have the rights to King's songbook as well as those of her collaborators Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.

A timeline for the film has not been announced.

With a book by Tony and Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features an array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. "Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah," according to press notes for the musical. "She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation."

Jessie Mueller won a Tony for her performance as King in the Broadway production. No casting for the film has been reported.

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