Matilda Movie Adaptation Likely to Begin Shooting in Late 2016

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Matilda The Musical director Matthew Warchus told the Sydney Morning Herald Aug. 18 that the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway and London musical Matilda is now in pre-production and is likely to start filming in late 2016.

No other details were offered.

In a separate July 19 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in his native Australia, composer Tim Minchin confirmed that there is a movie version of Matilda in the works and that he will write additional music for it.

Kelly Guiod, Broadway spokesperson for the show, previously confirmed that the film project was being discussed but was not in production at that time.

Minchin has been talking about a movie of the musical for several years now. In 2013 he told the Guardian of London that he hoped a film would be made–but not until 2019. A 1996 non-musical film based on the original Roald Dahl book starred Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson and Rhea Perlman.

Minchin recently appeared on the TBS "Conan" show, hosted by Conan O'Brien. Minchin performed "When I Grow Up" from Matilda, accompanied by three young Matildas. Watch the video below: As previously announced, Minchin, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score for Matilda, is also writing the music and lyrics to the new musical Groundhog Day, with a book by Danny Rubin, adapted from the 1993 film of the same name. 

Groundhog Day, slated to open on Broadway in spring 2017, follows the remarkable predicament of Pittsburgh TV weatherman Phil Connors, who finds himself living the same day on a loop, repeating the same thing over and over again.

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