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Current and Forthcoming Film Adaptations of Stage Productions

Jersey BoysThe latest in the run of musicals to film adaptations has hit the box offices. Clint Eastwood, the 84-year-old actor-director of westerns, directing Jersey Boys, the film adaptation of the smash hit musical of the same name.

Recent adaptations of theatre have include; Les Miserables, (2012), War Horse, (2011) and of course The Woman In Black, (2012).

Here are some more film adaptations, that have either been announced or been rumoured. If you know of any more, or have officially announced dates, then please feel free to add a comment below.

Which stage productions would you like to be on the big screen? Or, is it time to leave alone what is on the stage? How successful are adaptations overall?

Here are a few forthcoming adaptations… either rumoured or announced

ANNIE
Release Date: December, 2014
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna, Will Gluck, Emma Thompson
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis
An updated version of Martin Charnin, Charles Strouse and Thomas Meehan’s Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who finds a home with a New York millionaire.

INTO THE WOODS
Release Date: December, 2014
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Screenplay: James Lapine
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Christine Baranski, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Lilla Crawford, Johnny Depp, Daniel Huttlestone, Anna Kendrick, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman
Adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Production Company: Lucky Monkey Pictures, Sh-K-Boom Records, Grand Peaks Entertainment
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Jeremy Jordan, Anna Kendrick
Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical.

LONDON ROAD
Release Date: 2015
Production Company: BBC Films, Cuba Pictures, National Theatre
Screenplay: Alecky Blythe
Director: Rufus Norris
Cast: Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, Tom Hardy, Linzi Hateley
An adaptation of Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s musical about a series of murders in Ipswich in 2006.

AMERICAN IDIOT
Production Company: Playtone Productions, Universal Studios
Screenplay: Rolin Jones
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer’s musical

CATS
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: Bob Martin, Don McKellar
Director: TBA
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman

GUYS AND DOLLS
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Screenplay: Danny Strong
Director: TBA
Cast: Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A new film adaptation of Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling’s Tony Award-winning musical.

GYPSY
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Screenplay: Julian Fellowes
Director: Barbra Streisand
Cast: Barbra Streisand
Adapation of Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ musical

IN THE HEIGHTS
Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda
An adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Tony Award-winning musical about the residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

JEKYLL & HYDE
Release Date: 2014-2015
Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Production Company: The Really Useful Group, Rocket Pictures
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Elton John’s Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical

MEMPHIS
Production Company: Alcon Entertainment, Belle Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Warner Bros.
Screenplay: Joe DiPietro
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Adaptation of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan’s  musical

MISS SAIGON
Production Company: Chestnut Ridge Productions, Lee Daniels Entertainment
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
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

OLIVER!
Production Company: TBA
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Cameron Mackintosh reportedly attempting to secure the rights to produce a new film adaptation of Lionel Bart’s musical.

SOUTH PACIFIC
Production Company: Chicagofilms
Screenplay: Lynn Grossman
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Justin Timberlake, Michelle Williams

SPRING AWAKENING
Studio/Production Company: Playtone
Screenplay: Steven Sater
Director: McG
Cast: TBA
Adaptation of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s musical.

WEST SIDE STORY
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Screenplay: TBA
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: TBA
Steven Spielberg is reportedly considering directing a new film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ musical.

WICKED
Production Company: Marc Platt Productions, Universal Pictures
Screenplay: TBA
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: TBA
Adaptation of Stephen Schartz and Winnie Holzamn’s musical

Do you have a favourite adaptation either from stage to film, or film to stage, or is there one that just doesn’t work for you?

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