By Adam Hetrick
18 May 2012
Jesse Wigutow ("It Runs in the Family") has been tapped to pen the film adaptation based on the 2004 children's adventure novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A timeline has not been announced for the film's production.
The film is a separate entity from the critically praised Broadway production, which dropped the "s" from its title and goes by Peter and the Starcatcher.
The imaginative, fast-paced stage production was adapted by Tony Award winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) and directed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby).
The Broadway production earned nine Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor, Best Featured Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Scenic Design and Best Sound Design.
Peter and the Starcatcher opened to rave reviews April 15 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre following a 2011 extended Off-Broadway run at the New York Theatre Workshop. A U.S. national tour will launch in August 2013.