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Here are the upcoming theater film and TV adaptations we can’t wait for

November 18, 2020 by TodayTix
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Have you seen every movie musical adaptation going? Well then, look forward to see theatrical films and television shows, all heading our way in the coming months and years. As well as musical retellings, there’s play adaptations and operatic classics which are all getting the star-studded treatment in their latest incarnations.

Here’s a complete list of film and television adaptations.

To be released

Oslo

Andrew Scott will play Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen in Oslo, J. T. Rogers’ poignant Tony-winning political drama. Recounting the development of the Oslo Peace Accords, the play charts how Terje and his wife Mona brought Israeli and Palestinians together to negotiate. Filming took place in Prague, ahead of a 2021 release on HBO, with playwright Rogers and the Broadway production’s director Bartlett Sher on board for the film.

Cast: Andrew Scott as Terrje Rød-Larsen, Ruth Wilson as Mona Juul.
Creative Team: J. T. Rogers- Screenplay. Bartlett Sher – Director.
Release Date: May 2021.

In production

1984

It’s scary just how much of George Orwell’s 1984 we can find examples of in real life. Fake news relaying – check. “Big Brother” – check. The television series will be based on Duncan Macmillan’s play, which had Broadway audiences fainting and vomiting. Hopefully this TV series won’t have the same reaction, but we’ll be glued to our screens regardless.

Cast: Unknown
Creative Team: Unknown
Release Date: Unknown

Paul Mescal
Paul Mescal (Photo courtesy of Curtis Brown Agency)

Carmen

According to Variety, Carmen is coming to cinemas soon. Normal People’s Paul Mescal will star in the movie, taking over the leading male role from Jamie Dornan. Not much is known about the production though, but we can’t wait to see how George Bizet’s nineteenth-century opera will translate on screen. 

Cast: Paul Mescal, Melissa Barrera.
Creative Team: Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Benjamin Millepied and Loic Barrère – Screenplay.
Release Date: Unknown

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Inspired by the 2008 Broadway revival, the Tennessee Williams drama will be adapted for the silver screen once more. The 2008 cast included Anika Noni Rose, Terrence Howard, Phylicia Rashad, and James Earl Jones. The upcoming feature film will include traditional elements from the play, along with new storylines.

Cast: Unknown
Creative Team: Antoine Fuqua – Director.
Release Date: Unknown

Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage (Photo courtesy of Creative Artists Agency)

Cyrano

Cyrano de Bergerac is now a musical star! Well, sort of. Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac has been transformed into a musical, with Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in the lead role. The production ran for three months off-Broadway in 2019, with this adaptation focusing on Cyrano’s height, rather than his nose. Critics praised this new take when it was on stage, and we’re looking forward to reliving this in the future.

Cast: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Brian Tyree Henry , Ben Mendelsohn
Creative Team: Erica Schmidt – Screenplay. Joe Wright – Director.
Release Date: Unknown

Dial M For Murder

You’ve probably seen the Alfred Hitchcock film, but did you know it’s based on a play? Alicia Vikander will bring Frederick Knott’s play to the small screen, set to focus on the female point of view. Not much is known about the project, but we’ll be dialling M for marvelous. 

Cast: Unknown
Creative Team: Michael Mitnick – Screenplay.
Release Date: Unknown

May We All

Country duo Florida Georgia Line have been working on a brand new musical for years. Originally slated for Memphis and Nashville engagements, there’s been a move from stage premieres and instead being presented as a film. Not much is known about the movie, but the country jukebox musical is set to feature tracks by Tim McGraw, the Chicks, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.

Cast: Unknown
Creative Team: Brian Kelley – Book. Andy Fickman – Director.
Release Date: Unknown

The Legend of Georgia McBride

Unofficially the king of bringing theatre to Netflix, Ryan Murphy will direct The Legend of Georgia McBride, a timely play about finding yourself through performing. It’s all about Casey, an Elvis impersonator who finds a new life as a lip-syncing drag queen. Jim Parsons will play drag queen Tracy Mills in the production, but we’re looking forward to seeing this charming, southern story. 

Cast: Jim Parsons as Tracy Mills
Creative Team: Matthew Lopez- Screenplay. Ryan Murphy – Director.
Release Date: Unknown

The Son

After an off-West End run at the Kiln Theatre, The Son transferred to the Duke of York’s, earning five-star reviews. Following the multi-award-winning film adaptation of The Father, The Son now finds a new home on screen, starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern.

Cast: Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern
Creative Team: Christopher Hampton – Screenplay. Florian Zeller – Director.
Release Date: Unknown

The Whale

Brendan Fraser will play a 600 pound recluse in Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, which is being adapted for the silver screen. The Whale was first staged in 2012, and follows a middle-aged man who just wants to connect with his daughter once again. In an article from Deadline, Hunter adapting The Whale has “been a real labor of love for me… this story is deeply personal and I’m very thankful it will have the chance to reach a wider audience… I’m so grateful [Darren Aronofsky is] bringing his singular talent and vision to this film.”

Cast: Brendan Fraser
Creative Team: Samuel D. Hunter- Screenplay. Darren Aronofsky- Director.
Release Date: Unknown