Stephen Adly Guirgis Writing Stage Version of Oscar-Winning Film "Dog Day Afternoon" | Playbill

News Stephen Adly Guirgis Writing Stage Version of Oscar-Winning Film "Dog Day Afternoon" Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has announced that 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy) will write a new play based on the Oscar-winning motion picture "Dog Day Afternoon."

Warner Bros. is developing the play for a Broadway bow, following its successful production of Oscar winner William Goldman’s adaptation of Misery, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf.

Sidney Lumet directed the 1975 film "Dog Day Afternoon," which was penned by Frank Pierson. Al Pacino and John Cazale starred in the hostage drama, which won an Academy Award for Pierson (Best Writing, Original Screenplay). The film was also Oscar-nominated for Best Picture (Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pacino), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Sarandon), Best Director (Lumet) and Best Film Editing (Dede Allen).

A timetable for the stage production of Dog Day Afternoon has not been announced.

Guirgis' plays also include The Motherf**ker With the Hat (Tony Award nomination), Our Lady of 121st Street (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominations), Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Barrymore Award, Olivier nomination for London’s Best New Play), In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings (2007 LA Drama Critics Best Play, Best Writing Award), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange.

In London, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is currently represented by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is currently in its third year at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; the new musical is expected to open on Broadway in 2017. Warner Bros. also co-produces the Broadway production of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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