Schedule of Upcoming Movie Musical Adaptations

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The following is a list of stage musicals announced to be adapted as films. If you would like to submit any updates, please email dgewirtzman@playbill.com.


NOW PLAYING

TICK, TICK...BOOM!
• Release Date: November 12, 2021 (select theatres); November 19, 2021 (Netflix)
• Production Company: Netflix, Imagine Entertainment
• Screenplay: Steven Levenson
• Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
• Cast: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light, Vanessa Hudgens
• An adaptation of Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical musical about an aspiring composer.
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• Latest Update: How Steven Levenson Brought Rent Creator Jonathan Larson Back to Life in Tick, Tick…Boom! (11/24/2021)


UPCOMING

WEST SIDE STORY
• Release Date: December 10, 2021
• Production Company: Amblin Entertainment
• Screenplay: Tony Kushner
• Director: Steven Spielberg
• Cast: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno
• A new film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents' classic musical.
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• Latest Update: Read the Reviews for the New West Side Story Movie (12/2/2021)

CYRANO
• Release Date: January 21, 2022
• Production Company: MGM, Working Title Films
• Screenplay: Erica Schmidt
• Director: Joe Wright
• Cast: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn, Bashir Salahuddin
• An adaptation of Erica Schmidt, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Matt Berninger, and Carin Besser's musical based on Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac.
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• Latest Update: Watch Peter Dinklage Sing 'Your Name' From the Upcoming Movie Musical Cyrano (12/1/2021)


IN POST-PRODUCTION

13
• Production Company: Netflix
• Screenplay: Robert Horn
• Director: Tamra Davis
• Cast: Debra Messing, Eli Golden, Gabriella Uhl, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Lindsey Blackwell, Jonathan Lengel, Ramon Reed, Nolen Dubuc, Luke Islam, Shechinah Mpumlwana, Kayleigh Cerezo, Wyatt Moss, Liam Wignall, Khiyla Aynne, Peter Hermann, Josh Peck, and Rhea Perlman
• An adaptation of Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish, and Robert Horn's musical about a teenager who moves from New York City to small-town Indiana.
• Latest Update: Rhea Perlman, Josh Peck, and Peter Hermann Round Out Cast of Netflix's 13 (6/14/2021)

THE LITTLE MERMAID
• Release Date: May 26, 2023
• Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions
• Screenplay: David Magee
• Director: Rob Marshall
• Cast: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Noma Dumezweni, Jacob Tremblay, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem
• A live-action adaptation of the Disney musical, featuring both the original songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and new ones by Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
• Latest Update: Harry Potter Stage Star Noma Dumezweni Joins Live-Action The Little Mermaid (1/5/2021)


IN PRODUCTION

MATILDA
• Release Date: December 2022
• Production Company: Netflix, Working Title, The Roald Dahl Story Company
• Screenplay: Dennis Kelly
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: Stephen Graham, Lashana Lynch, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Thompson, Sindhu Vee, Alisha Weir
• An adaptation of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's musical based on the Roald Dahl novel.
• Latest Update: Netflix Halts Production for Matilda Musical Adaptation Amid U.K. COVID-19 Outbreak (7/19/2021)


IN PRE-PRODUCTION

WICKED
• Production Company: Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Productions
• Screenplay: Winnie Holzman
• Director: Jon M. Chu
• Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande
• An adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's popular musical about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West.
• Latest Update: Wicked Movie Holds Casting Call for Nessarose, Seeking Wheelchair Users (12/1/2021)


IN DEVELOPMENT

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
• Producers: Walt Disney Pictures, Rideback
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's musical about a middle school spelling bee.
• Latest Update: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Movie in the Works From Disney (4/23/2021)

BARE: A POP OPERA
• Producers: Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich
• Screenplay: Kristin Hanggi
• Director: Kristin Hanggi
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo's musical about the struggles of two gay high school students at a Catholic boarding school.
• Latest Update: Bare: A Pop Opera Film Adaptation in the Works (1/2/2018)

BE MORE CHILL
• Production Company: 21 Laps, Berlanti Productions
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's musical about a teenager who takes a pill that makes him more popular.
• Latest Update: Be More Chill, Headed to Broadway, Also Bound for the Big Screen (10/20/2018)

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
• Production Company: Sony Pictures, Playtone
• Screenplay: Douglas McGrath
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Paul Blake will produce a film adaptation of the musical about the early life and career of singer/songwriter Carole King.
• Latest Update: Beautiful, About Life of Carole King, Is Heading to the Silver Screen (3/22/2015)

THE COLOR PURPLE
• Release Date: December 20, 2023
• Production Company: Warner Bros.
• Screenplay: Marcus Gardley
• Director: Blitz Bazawule
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Marsha Norman, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray's musical based on the Alice Walker novel.
• Latest Update: Film Adaptation of The Color Purple Musical Secures December 2023 Release Date (12/28/2020)

FLOWER DRUM SONG
• Production Company: Concord Originals, 3AD, Janet Yang Productions
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• A new adaptation of Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Joseph Fields' 1958 musical based on the C.Y. Lee novel.
• Latest Update: Concord Developing New Film Re-Imagining of Flower Drum Song, More With New Originals Division (8/6/2021)

FOLLIES
• Production Company: BBC Films, Heyday Films
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: Dominic Cooke
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's musical about a reunion of former follies girls.
• Latest Update: A Movie Adaptation of Follies Is in the Works; Dominic Cooke to Direct (11/14/2019)

GUYS AND DOLLS
• Production Company: TriStar Pictures
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: Bill Condon
• Cast: TBA
• A new film adaptation of Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, and Jo Swerling's Tony Award-winning musical.
• Latest Update: Bill Condon Will Direct New Movie Adaptation of Guys and Dolls (7/7/2021)

GYPSY
• Production Company: New Regency
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: Amy Sherman-Palladino
• Cast: TBA
• A new film adaptation of Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents' classic musical.
• Latest Update: Gypsy Film Back in Development with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (2/7/2019)

JEKYLL & HYDE
• Production Company: Lexicon, Bluestone Entertainment, Fezziwig Studios
• Screenplay: Alexander Dinelaris
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• A film adaptation of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's 1997 musical.
• Latest Update: A Movie Based on Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde Musical Is in the Works (3/19/2019)

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
• Production Company: STX, The Really Useful Group, Rocket Pictures
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• An animated feature based on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical.
• Latest Update: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elton John Are Working on a Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Movie (3/28/2017)

THE KING AND I
• Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Temple Hill, Concord
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• A new film adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Tony Award-winning musical.
• Latest Update: New The King and I Film Adaptation in the Works From Paramount (2/12/2021)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
• Production Company: Marc Platt Productions, Warner Bros.
• Screenplay: Matthew Robinson
• Director: Greg Berlanti
• Cast: TBA
• A new film adaptation of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's musical about a man-eating plant.
• Latest Update: New Version of Little Shop of Horrors Film in the Works (12/7/2016)

LYSISTRATA JONES
• Production Company: Branded Pictures Entertainment, Peck Entertainment
• Screenplay: Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn
• Director: Andy Fickman
• Cast: TBA
• Andy Fickman is developing a film adaptation of Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn's musical about a group of high school cheerleaders who refuse to "give it up" until their basketball-player boyfriends score on the court.
• Latest Update: Lysistrata Jones Will "Give It Up" on the Big Screen; Andy Fickman Will Direct Film Adaptation (6/14/2013)

MEAN GIRLS
• Production Company: Paramount Players
• Screenplay: Tina Fey
• Directors: Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin's musical based on the 2004 film comedy.
• Latest Update: Mean Girls Movie Musical: Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne Tapped to Direct (9/21/2021)

MEMPHIS
• Production Company: Alcon Entertainment, Belle Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Warner Bros.
• Screenplay: Joe DiPietro
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's Tony Award-winning musical about a white radio DJ and his love for a black singer at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement.
• Latest Update: Film Adaptation of Tony-Winning Musical Memphis In the Works (10/15/2012)

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
• Production Company: Blumhouse
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: Richard Linklater
• Cast: Beanie Feldstein, Blake Jenner, and Ben Platt
• A film adaptation of the George Furth-Stephen Sondheim musical, filmed over 20 years to recreate the amount of time the show covers.
• Latest Update: Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein Will Star in Merrily We Roll Along Film (8/29/2019)

MISS SAIGON
• Production Company: Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title Films
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: Danny Boyle
• Cast: TBA
• Producer Cameron Mackintosh has said he would like to make a a film version of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's 1989 musical as a follow-up to Les Misérables.
• Latest Update: Has Miss Saigon Film Found Its Director? (3/11/2016)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
• Production Company: Walt Disney Studios, Marc Platt Productions
• Screenplay: Jocelyn Bioh
• Director: Wanuri Kahiu
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical.
• Latest Update: Film Adaptation of Once On This Island in the Works at Disney+ (7/30/2020)

OLIVER!
• Production Company: Walt Disney Studios, Cube Vision, Marc Platt Productions
• Screenplay: Danny Strong
• Director: Thomas Kail
• Cast: Ice Cube
• A new film adaptation of Lionel Bart's Tony Award-winning musical.
• Latest Update: Danny Strong to Pen Script for Disney’s Oliver! Remake, Directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail (1/18/2018)

PIPPIN
• Production Company: Storyline Entertainment
• Screenplay: TBA
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's musical.
• Latest Update: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Will Partner with Weinstein Company for Film Version of Pippin (12/9/2013)

PORGY AND BESS
• Production Company: MGM, Winkler Films
• Screenplay: Dee Rees
• Director: Dee Rees
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of George and Ira Gershwin, and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward's opera.
• Latest Update: Oscar Nominee Dee Rees to Helm New Porgy and Bess Movie (2/11/2020)

THE SHAGGS
• Production Company: In Cahoots
• Screenplay: Joy Gregory
• Director: Ken Kwapis
• Cast: Elsie Fisher
• An adaptation of Joy Gregory, John Langs, and Gunnar Madsen's musical The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World.
• Latest Update: Elsie Fisher Tapped to Star in Shaggs Film Musical (10/17/2018)

SPAMALOT
• Production Company: Paramount Pictures
• Screenplay: Eric Idle
• Director: Casey Nicholaw
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Tony Award-winning musical.
• Latest Update: Movie Adaptation of Spamalot Trots Over to Paramount (1/7/2021)

SOUTH PACIFIC
• Production Company: Chicagofilms
• Screenplay: Lynn Grossman
• Director: Michael Mayer
• Cast: Hugh Jackman, Justin Timberlake, Michelle Williams
• A new film adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, with a screenplay incorporating additional details from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific.
• Latest Update: South Pacific, Directed by Michael Mayer, May Return to Screen With Michelle Williams (5/10/2013)

SPRING AWAKENING
• Production Company: Playtone
• Screenplay: Steven Sater
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• An adaptation of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony Award-winning musical.
• Latest Update: Duncan Sheik Reveals Plans for Filming of American Psycho and Spring Awakening (4/28/2016)

SUNSET BOULEVARD
• Production Company: Paramount Pictures
• Screenplay: Tom MacRae
• Director: Rob Ashford
• Cast: Glenn Close
• An adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton's musical based on the classic Billy Wilder film.
• Latest Update: Rob Ashford Will Direct Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard Film (3/1/2019)

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