Forthcoming musical adaptations for Cinema, TV and/or DVD

Here is a compilation from multiple sources of just some of the major theatrical projects coming to film/TV — including musical adaptions to film in development or pre / post-production… I’ve also included major documentaries.  So mark your calendars, set your PVR’s or prepare to download….

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Release Date: August 2022
Production Company: CBS Films
Producers: Laurence Mark & Bob Boyett
Executive Producer: David Blackman
Screenplay: Bert V. Royal
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish, and Robert Horn’s musical which made its debut in 2007 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles before hitting Broadway — centers on a 13-year-old boy who moves from New York City, where he is on top of the social pyramid, to small-town Indiana, where he finds himself in the gutter. While he deals with his parents’ divorce and his upcoming bar mitzvah, he concocts a plan to become popular, which promptly backfires and he’s forced to do some growing up.

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Release Date: May 15, 2019
Production Company: Fathom Events & BroadwayHD
Executive Producer: Stewart F. Lane
Director: Ross MacGibbon & Mark Bramble

The London production of 42nd Street opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane April 4, 2017, featuring the largest cast in the West End. Mark Bramble, who co-wrote the book for the original 1981 Broadway production, directed, and Randy Skinner choreographed. Performances of 42nd Street wrapped up in London January 5.

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Release Date: May 24, 2019
Production Company: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Lin Pictures
Producer: Dan Lin

Executive Producers: Marc Platt, Jonathan Eirich and Kevin De La Noy 
Screenplay: John August
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad & Billy Magnussen
A live-action adaptation of the Disney musical with songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, also featuring new songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.  Will Smith’s take on the Genie will be a “little bit of the Fresh Prince and a little bit of Hitch,” Mena Massoud as the street rat and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.  Filmed at Longcross Studios outside London in fall of 2017 and in post-production now.

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Release Date: TBA
Production Company: HBO
Screenplay: Rolin Jones
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Billie Joe Armstrong
An adaptation of Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer’s Tony nominated musical based on Green Day’s 2004 concept album of the same name.

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Expected Release: TBD
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 struggling at their private Catholic boarding school had its world premiere in Los Angeles in 2000 and debuted in New York City in 2004. The production was updated and revived for an Off-Broadway run in 2012.

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Release Date: TBA
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. Sony has also bought the life rights of King and others featured in the show as well as the rights to King’s songbook, which means the feature will include numbers like “Beautiful,” of course; “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”; “It’s Too Late”; and more. Douglas McGrath, who wrote the book for the show, will write the screenplay. Beautiful ran on Broadway in 2014 and Jessie Mueller garnered a best leading actress in a musical Tony win for her portrayal of King.

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Expected Release: TBD (likely indefinite hold)
Studio: NBC Television
Executive Producers: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina

Cast: Jennifer Lopez
On October 27, 2016 it was announced that Jennifer Lopez will star in NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie Live as Rose “Rosie” Alvarez . The live television musical was initially announced to premiere in December 2017, but on May 25, 2017, it was announced that it would be pushed to 2018 to accommodate Lopez’s schedule. On March 2, 2018, it was announced that the production had been pushed back once again, this time to 2019 at the earliest due to Lopez’s schedule.  However, in May 2018, NBC announced that it will broadcast Hair Live in 2019, maybe this means it’s Bye Bye to Birdie.

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Expected Release: December 20, 2019
Studio: Working Title & Universal Studios
Screenplay: Lee Hall
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Jennifer Hudson plays Grizabella, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, Judi Dench plays Old Deuteronomy, Francesca Hayward plays Victoria, Ian McKellen purrs as Gus the Theatre Cat, James Corden plays Bustopher Jones, Jason Derulo playing Rum Tum Tugger, Idris Elba sings and dances as Macavity, Rebel Wilson is Jennyanydots, and Ray Winstone plays Growltiger.
Production began in London in November 2018. Hudson will as Grizabella, who sings the showstopper “Memory” the role created on Broadway by Betty Buckley and in London by Elaine Page, respectively. CATS is the fourth-longest-running show on Broadway and won the Tony Award for best musical in 1983.  A made-for-TV film was broadcast in 1998.

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Expected Release: 2021
Production Company: The Mark Gordon Company
Distribution: Entertainment One (eOne)

Executive Producers: Sara Smith and Jenna Berger
Screenplay: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Director: Christopher Ashley
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s musical about the nearly 7,000 airplane passengers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland in the days following 9/11.



Release Date: TBA
Production Company: TriStar Pictures
Producers: John Goldwyn (“I’m Not There”) and Marc Toberoff (“Bottle Shock”) are set to produce the new adaptation for TriStar, and Meyer Gottlieb (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World “) will executive produce. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.
Screenplay: Danny Strong
Director: Michael Grandage
Cast: TBA
A new film adaptation of Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, and Jo Swerling’s Tony Award-winning musical.

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Release Date: TBA
Production Company: TBA
Producer: Joel Silver
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese
Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Barbra Streisand
A new film adaptation of Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents’ classic musical starring Barbra Streisand as Rose.  After Universal dropped out after year of development, STX Entertainment picked it up, but in 2016 they also dropped plans to finance.  This may not happen as Barbra gets older, and chasing the money gets harder.

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Live broadcast scheduled for May 19, 2019 on NBC now indefinitely postponed (aka cancelled).
Directed by Diane Paulus and Alex Rudzinski
Cast: TBA
Executive Producers: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinski.
Produced by Universal Television, MGM Television, and Zadan/Meron Productions.
The musical, featuring music by Galt MacDermot and a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, premiered in 1967 at Off-Broadway’s Public Theater before a Broadway transfer the following year. The 2009 revival, starring Gavin Creel, Will Swenson, and Caissie Levy, went on to win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The national tour of the production played a limited Broadway engagement in 2011.

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Release Date: June 26, 2020
Production Company: Warner Bros.
Screenplay: Quiara Alegría Hudes
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins and Leslie Grace.
After gaining back the film rights from the Weinstein Company in May, they have confirmed the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Tony Award-winning musical about the residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Production will begin in summer 2019 in Washington Heights.

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Release Date: TBA
Production Company: RP Media
Producers: Mike Medavoy & Rick Nicita
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
Film producer Mike Medavoy and former agent Rick Nicita’s new production company, RP Media has purchased the film rights to Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s popular musical. A DVD of the Broadway show live already exists.

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Release Date: TBD
Production Company: STX, The Really Useful Group, Rocket Pictures (Elton John)
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
Cast: TBA
An animated feature based on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical.  The film will feature new songs from Rice and Webber. John will produce under his Rocket Pictures label in association with Webber’s Really Useful Group banner. “Joseph” first appeared on Broadway in 1982.

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Release Date: July 19, 2019
Production Company: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Screenplay: Jeff Nathanson
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Kani, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner & James Earl Jones
A live-action adaptation of the Disney musical with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Beyonce, will voice Nala, Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.  The Broadway production, which opened in 1997, won the Tony Award for best musical and is the third-longest-running show in history.

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Release Date: TBD
Studio: Walt Disney Studios & Marc Platt Productions
Producers: Marc Platt & Lin-Manuel Miranda
Screenplay: Jane Goldman
Director: Rob Marshall
Music & Lyrics: Alan Menken & Lin-Manuel Miranda
Cast: Lindsay Lohan
Upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Having already written the music and lyrics for “Moana,” whose song “How Far I’ll Go”, Miranda and original composer Alan Menken will collaborate on the score.  The 1989 Disney-animated movie made a substantial impact on Miranda, who named his son “Sebastian” in part after the sassy red crab. The Little Mermaid played on Broadway in 2008.

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Expected Release: TBD
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. The horror rock comedy musical first premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982, eventually landing on Broadway in 2003.

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Expected Release: TBD
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.

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Expected Release: 2023
Production Company: TBA
Screenplay: Dennis Kelly
Director: Matthew Warchus
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s musical based on the Roald Dahl novel.

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Expected Release: TBD
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.  A DVD of the Broadway show live already exists.

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Expected Release: TBD
Production Company: Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title Films
Producers: Cameron Mackintosh, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner
Screenplay: TBA
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: TBA
A film version of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s 1989 musical as a follow-up to Les Misérables.

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Expected release: March 27, 2020
Production Company: Walt Disney Studios
Producers: Jason T. Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner
Screenplay: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Liu Yifei
a live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated feature

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Expected Release: TBD
Production Company: Walt Disney Studios, Cube Vision, Marc Platt Productions
Producers: Marc Platt, Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz
Screenplay: Danny Strong
Director: Thomas Kail
Cast: Ice Cube
A new film adaptation of Lionel Bart’s Tony Award-winning musical. Ice Cube to co-star as Fagin. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1962, two years after the show’s West End debut.

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Release Date: TBA
Production Company: Storyline Entertainment
Screenplay: TBA
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s musical.

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Expected Release: TBD
Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox
Producers: Jeremy Kramer, Eric Idle  and John Du Prez
Screenplay: Eric Idle
Director: Casey Nicholaw
Music: Eric Idle  and John Du Prez
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s Tony Award-winning spoof musical comedy based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. Mike Nichols directed the runaway Broadway triumph back in 2005, winning the Tony Award for best direction of a musical.  The film is set to begin casting soon and is expected to begin shooting in spring of 2019.

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Expected Release: TBD
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”.

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Expected Release: TBD
Production Company: Playtone
Screenplay: Steven Sater
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
An adaptation of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony Award-winning musical.

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US Broadcast Date: December 15, 2018 on Netflix  
Production Company: Netflix
Produced by Jon Landau and George Travis
Director: Bruce Springsteen
Cast: Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa
Springsteen on Broadway continues at the Walter Kerr Theatre through December 15 will be released as a Netflix on December 15—the day of the extended engagement’s final show. The show, part concert and part storytelling event, was captured during 2 added invite-only performances July 17 and 18, 2018.  Springsteen on Broadway opened in October at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is built around Springsteen’s 2016 memoir Born to Run.

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Release Date: TBA
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Screenplay: Christopher Hampton
Director: TBA
Cast: Glenn Close
An adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton’s musical based on the classic Billy Wilder film.

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Expected Release: TBD
Production Company: Imagine Entertainment
Producers: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Julie O
Screenplay: Steven Levenson
Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Cast: TBA
Lin-Manuel Miranda will be making his directorial debut with the film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s semi-autobiographical musical “Tick, Tick…Boom!” The autobiographical musical by the “Rent” mastermind follows a composer who moves to the Big Apple and fears he made the wrong career choice. Larson performed the show as a solo act in 1990, and after his death, playwright David Auburn revised the musical and premiered it Off-Broadway in 2001. Miranda performed in a 2014 production of “Tick, Tick”.

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Expected Release: December 18, 2020
Production Company: Amblin Entertainment, 20th Century Fox
Producers: Steven Spielberg. Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger

Screenplay: Tony Kushner
Director: Steven Spielberg
Casting Director: Cindy Tolan

Cast: Ansel Elgort & Rachel Zegler star as Tony and Maria. The rest of the cast includes Rita Moreno (Valentina), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Mike Faist (Riff), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank) and Brian dʼArcy James (Sergeant Krupke).
A new film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents’ classic musical.  

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UK Broadcast: August 11, 2018 (recorded but not broadcast)
Production Company: BBC Proms
Cast: Mikaela Bennett, Eden Espinosa, Ross Lekites, Leo Roberts and Gian Marco
BBC Proms August 11 concert presentation of West Side Story.  Sierra Boggess, known on both sides of the Atlantic for her performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, was originally announced to sing the role of Maria in the 76-minute concert presentation of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score at Royal Albert Hall.  Boggess later withdrew from the production over public outcry that a Latino performer had not been cast as Maria.

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Release: Originally scheduled for December 20, 2019, now likely 2024.
Production Company: Marc Platt Productions, Universal Pictures
Producers: Marc Platt 
Screenplay: Winnie Holzman
Director: Stephen Daldry likely to be replaced by Jon M. Chu
Music: Stephen Schwartz
Cast: Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo
An adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s popular musical about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West is in pre-production at Universal.  Schwartz plans on adding two new songs to the movie version of “Wicked,” which is gearing up for a Christmas release in 2019.

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Broadcast on TVUS broadcast: November 2–23
Channel: PBS Great Performances
Director: Ben DeJesus
Cast: John Leguizamo
A behind-the-scenes documentary that chronicles Leguizamo’s Tony-nominated Latin History for Morons, which debuted on Broadway last season and offered a comedic, yet pointed look at the systematic repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history. Leguizamo was also a recipient of a 2018 Special Tony Award.


Broadcast on TVUS broadcast: November 2–23
Channel: PBS Great Performances
Director: Lonny Price
Cast: Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mandy Patinkin, John Kander, Susan Stroman, and Angela Lansbury
The Great Performances retrospective celebrates the extraordinary career of producer and director Harold Prince. Featuring archival clips from his many groundbreaking productions, the performance-documentary features interviews with many of Prince’s collaborators, including Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mandy Patinkin, John Kander, Susan Stroman, and Angela Lansbury, all sharing their firsthand insights into his pioneering achievements in the theatre.


CinemaExpected Release: TBD – likely 2020
Production Company: Amblin Entertainment, Paramount Pictures
Producers: Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Fred Berner and Amy Durning
Screenplay: Josh Singer
Director: Bradley Cooper
Cast: Bradley Cooper
A new Leonard Bernstein biography was announced on May 10, 2018  – to be directed by and star Bradley Cooper., At age 25, Bernstein became the youngest music director in the history of the New York Philharmonic. In addition to his prolific career as a conductor, he composed numerous stage musicals, including West Side Story, On the Town and Wonderful Town. He also composed the film score for On the Waterfront.  It is expected to start shooting in the fall of 2019

Sources include my industry contacts, Playbill, Variety, NBC, The Stage, Hollywood Reporter, PBS, The National Theatre, RSC and other various sources.

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