In the golden age of musical theater, it was common for books and plays to be adapted into musicals. Nowadays, it is increasingly movies that are being targeted as source material for new musicals. Producers like them for their name value, and movie studios appreciate having a new way to make money from old movies.
20th Century Fox, the studio behind everything from black and white classics to Star Wars to modern movies as varied as Lincoln and Life of Pi, is now looking to adapt films from its catalog for the stage. For this task, they have tapped Broadway producer Kevin McCollum (Motown the Musical, Rent, In the Heights), John Davis, and Tom McGrath.
“For years we have been eager to expand our entertainment expertise to the world of live stage, but we wanted to do it right and most importantly, with the right people,” stated 20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos. “We have been fortunate to have found great partners in Kevin, John and Tom to help to transform great Fox properties into exciting live stage entertainment for audiences everywhere.”
There are already nine musicals based on 20th Century Fox films planned for development over the next few years.