Report: Sam Mendes to Direct Shrek—The Musical

News   Report: Sam Mendes to Direct Shrek—The Musical Another Hollywood film is headed for the stage.
Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes (Photo by Aubrey Reuben)

The New York Post reports that "Shrek" — the DreamWorks film about a green ogre with a heart of gold — is headed to the Great White Way. Sam Mendes, who directed this season's hit revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, will helm the musical, which has yet to find a book writer or songwriting team.

As previously reported on Playbill On-Line, DreamWorks also hopes to bring a musical version of "Catch Me If You Can" — the recent Steven Spielberg film starring Leonardo DiCaprio — to Broadway. That musical will feature songs by the 2003 Tony-winning composing duo, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman.

Sam Mendes founded London's intimate theatre space, the Donmar Warehouse. During his decade at the Donmar, the theatre presented productions of Cabaret, Into the Woods, Orpheus Descending, The Real Thing, Proof, Company and The Blue Room. Several of those productions found their way to Broadway, including the Tony-winning revival of Cabaret, which is still going strong at Studio 54. Mendes has also achieved success on screen, including an Academy Award for "American Beauty." His most recent film outing was "Road to Perdition" starring Tom Hanks.