Producers Eyeing Adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde Musical
With the phenomenal success of Les Misérables, Hollywood is naturally scrambling to find the next big stage-to-screen hit. For a group of Hollywood players, the answer comes in the form of the musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
According to a report by The Wrap, a group of producers spearheaded by Phoenix Pictures CEO Mike Medavoy, whose past producing credits include Best Picture nominees Black Swan and The Thin Red Line, and former talent agent Rick Nicita are seeking to bring the 1997 musical adaptation to the silver screen.
The production was written by Frank Wildhorn (music) and Leslie Bricusse (book and lyrics) and originally premiered on Broadway to scathing reviews. Overtime, however, the play developed a fanbase.
According to Wildhorn, there have been over 600 productions of his play across the world, with the soundtrack having been recorded 32 times in 28 languages.
A limited revival of the show is set to hit Broadway for a 13-week run, with Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis stepping into the titular role(s).
Medavoy and Nicita say they hope to have the project in production sometime in the next two years. They are currently in the process of selecting a director and actors.
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