Which musical adaptations are coming to our screen?

Coming in 2020-2021

Everybody’s talking about jamie – January 22, 2021

Directed by Jonathan Butterell, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is an adaptation of Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie Sells’ hit musical about a teenager who embraces drag to overcome bullying at school.

The cast features Max Hardwood as Jamie, Rochard E. Grant as Loco Channelle as well as Sharon Horgan and Sarah Lancashire.

In The Heights – June 18, 2021

Based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, In The Heights is directed by Jon M. Chu with a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The movie tells the peculiar story of the residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

The cast features Anthony Ramos in the title role of Usnavi, Melissa Barrera as Vanessa, as well as, Stephanie Beatriz, Gregory Diaz IV, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Olga Merediz, Dascha Polanco, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jimmy Smits.

West Side Story – December 18, 2020

Yet another remake of  Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents’ classic musical about the sharks and the jets. Another twist to the Romeo and Juliet tale.

The cast features Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and Maria. They’ll be starring alongside Rita Moreno, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, Curtiss Cook, Ben Cook, Ana Isabelle, Maddie Ziegler, Paloma Garcia-Lee and Mike Faist. Pay attention while watching the movie, you might recognize some familiar Broadway faces…

Currently filming 

The prom – 2020

An adaptation of the Broadway musical created by Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar. When a high school student isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom, a group of Broadway actors decide to take action.

The movie will feature James Corden, Ariana Grande, Ariana DeBose, Keegan-Michael Key, Nicole Kidman, Jo Ellen Pellman, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Andrew Rannells.

In pre-production 

The Little Mermaid 

Following the TV special, it’s another live-action adaptation for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The movie will feature both original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman and new one by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken himself.

Casting is yet to be announced but it seems that they already found their Ariel in Halle Bailey.

Tick, Tick…Boom

Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tick, Tick… Boom is an adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s musical about an aspiring composer. The movie will feature Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesus, Judith Light, Alexandra Shipp and Bradley Whitford

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Based on Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish and Robert Horn’s musical, the adaptation will tell the story of a teenager who moves from New-York City to a small-town Indiana.

Casting is yet to be announced.

In development

Be More Chill based on Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’ musical about a boy who takes a pill to become more popular.

Dear Evan Hansen – The story of Evan comes to live following the release of the novel. An adaptation of Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Jason Paul’s Tony-winning musical.

Come From Away – Following its sucess both on Broadway and in the west end, the musical is said to be hitting the big screen soon. The story of nearly 7000 airplanes passengers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland after 9/11 was brought to the stage by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Directed by Christopher Ashley.

Little Shop Of Horrors – Yet another adaptation of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s musical about a plant who starts to eat people. Directed by Greg Berlanti.

Merrily We Roll Along The movie adaptation of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s work will be filmed over 20 years to follow the amount of time the show covers. The movie will star Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt and Blake Jenner.

Still hope… Or Not?

Those two have been in the work for the longest time with no news in sight. But still, fans can only hope to one day see Glinda and Wendla on the big screen. One day… Maybe.

Spring Awakening – an adaptation of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony Award-winning musical about a group of teens in Germany discovering their sexuality. No director or cast has been announced and the movie is still in the development stage since 2012. In 2014, Sheik even revealed that the movie would include a new song. According to some sources, the production could begins in spring 2022. We’ll see about that.

WickedEver since the wicked witch rocked Broadway, many have been hoping for a movie adaptation of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s show. But, eventhough Universal has been eager to put the world of Oz on our big screens, there are still no official dates and cast. 2008, 2019, 2021… Back in February 2011, Universal revealed that Wicked will now be hitting theaters on December 22nd, 2021, until it was pushed back again due to the coronavirus outbreak and the rescheduled of others movie premiere dates.

 

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