Hot on the heels of streaming Hamilton, Disney+ is developing a movie adaptation of another Broadway title: Once On This Island. Playwright Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) will write the script for the Wanuri Kahiu-helmed project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marc Platt is also on board as a producer. No word yet on casting or a production timeline.
Featuring a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a score by Stephen Flaherty, Once On This Island is based on Rosa Guy's 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl and follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a boy from a wealthy family on the other side of their island. Joining her on her journey to tear down cultural walls are an assortment of powerful gods.
The musical premiered Off-Broadway before a Broadway bow in 1990. It returned to Broadway in 2017 in a production directed by Michael Arden, which won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The cast included Hailey Kilgore (earning a Tony nomination for her work as Ti Moune), Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington, Alex Newell, Lea Salonga, and Isaac Cole Powell.will officially premiere next year at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.