Producer Considers Play Version of Forthcoming Movie "The King's Speech"

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Producer Michael Alden told the New York Times that he is working on a stage version of the new film "The King's Speech," about the relationship between King George VI and a speech therapist who helped the monarch work through a stammer.

The picture starring Colin Firth as England's World War II-era king and Geoffrey Rush (Broadway's Exit the King) as Lionel Logue opens in a limited U.S. release this Thanksgiving. Alden (Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel) has the stage rights. The screenplay is by David Seidler, who first wrote the fact-inspired tale as a play, according to the Times.

No creative team, cast or production timetable has been announced. Alden is reportedly eyeing a London or Broadway berth.

The Times queried, why would an audience pay $120 for a stage version of new movie that they could see for $12? Alden said there is "a lot more stuff in the play than there is in the movie."

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