Producer Cameron Mackintosh Planning for Oliver! Film Adaptation and Broadway Revival
By Michael Gioia
Producer Cameron Mackintosh plans to bring the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart to the big screen following the success of the Les Misérables film adaptation, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
The Oscar-nominated Best Film "Les Misérables" — produced by Universal, Working Title and Mackintosh — has taken in $254.4 million internationally and $147 million in North America for a total ticket sales of $401.4 million.
According to the Daily Mail, Mackintosh is eyeing Tony-winning director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, An Inspector Calls) to direct and reimagine Oliver!, which features a score by Bart, a 1963 Tony Award winner for his work on the musical.
The Daily Mail also reports that Mackintosh is hoping for a Broadway revival of the work that would star Samantha Barks, who recently played Nancy in Oliver! in the West End and was seen as Eponine in "Les Misérables."
Oliver!, based on the Charles Dickens novel about orphan Oliver Twist, opened on Broadway Jan. 6, 1963, at the Imperial Theatre. For more on the production, visit the Playbill Vault.
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