Considering the show ran only 17 performances at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre in 1996, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's comedy/thriller, Getting Away With Murder seemed an unlikely candidate for, shall we say, resurrection?
But the show is starting to get regional and community theatre interest, and now Variety reports that Paramount Pictures will do a movie version of the play, renaming it, An Hour To Kill. Furth and Sondheim will collaborate on the screenplay.
The play, which starred John Rubinstein and Terrence Mann, took place on the top floor of a decrepit New York apartment building, where seven patients of a psychiatrist gather for their group session. The doctor, however, is permanently indisposed.
An Hour To Kill marks the second title change for the play, which, when premiered at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, was called "The Doctor Is Out."
Producer Mace Neufeld told Variety, "I think we can do better justice to the story onscreen than they were able to do on stage because of the detailed clues we'll be able to show.'' No time-frame was given on the film's production and release. Sondheim and Furth previously collaborated on the musical Company and Merrily We Roll Along. Sondheim collaborated with actor Tony Perkins on a previous film murder mystery, The Last of Sheila.