Weinsteins’ Join The Movies To Broadway Caravan

The road between movies and Broadway used to be a one way street, running from the Great White Way directly to the Silver Screen.

But the success of musical theater adaptations movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray and The Producers has increased the flow of traffic in both directions. Now, The Weinstein Company is pulling on that highway with musicals based on some of their film catalog.

Variety is reporting that The Weinstein Company, who were longtime co-producers and investors on Broadway shows (including film to stage veterans The Producers and Young Frankenstein), will be taking the lead producer role on a number of film projects they will be adapting for the stage.

First up is a musical based on Finding Neverland, the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp. They are eyeing a 2010 release for the stage production.

Another project in the pipeline is a Broadway adaptation of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, with Roger Waters set to lend a hand in bringing his band’s cult album to Broadway life.

Other films mentioned as Broadway fodder in the article are Shakespeare in Love, Chocolat, Cinema Paradiso, and Shall We Dance.

This is a risky proposition for the Weinsteins. Because for every Lion King there is a Tarzan, for every Hairspray there is a Cry-Baby, and for every The Producers there is a Young Frankenstein.

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William Gatevackes
William Gatevackes
June 20, 2008 12:23 pm

I decided to save this for the comments, because it was way too silly for the main article, but when I read that Shakespeare in Love was in line for being adapted, I immediately thought it should be adapted in style of Guys and Dolls and then this song popped into my head:

I got this guy right here,
his name is Will Shakespeare,
says his play is gonna set the world on its ear.
Can do, can do.
Will says Romeo and Juliet can do.

Yeah. What can I say. I am weird.

Rich D
Rich D
June 20, 2008 6:02 pm

I would definitely buy tickets to that. (You listening Harvey?)

But if the Weinstein’s REALLY want my money how about KILL BILL: THE MUSICAL? It could have a “Splatter Zone” just like EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL did!