The film will be a “modern musical take” on the story of an orphan boy who finds a kind of home in a den of young pickpockets and thieves in Victorian London. The story was also the basis of Lionel Bart’s popular West End and Broadway musical Oliver!, which was also made into an Oscar-winning film.
The film will be produced for Disney by another Broadway veteran, Marc Platt of Wicked, along with Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm, who is also writing the story treatment along with Cube. Cube will also play Fagin in the musical, which is described as “crossing many genres, including hip-hop.”
No songwriters were listed.
Besides Hamilton, Kail’s credits include Fox-TV’s Grease Live!