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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.

Coming soon

Wild Mountain Thyme

Titled Outside Mullingar for its Broadway premiere in 2014, a whos-who of famous faces star in this film adaptation, now called Wild Mountain Thyme. The plot remains the same though, starting off with two farmers in the Irish countryside living next door to each other. Rosemary fancies her farming neighbour Anthony, but he’s looking at selling his land. There’s good heart to this sweeping tale, even if the Irish accents aren’t the greatest…

Cast: Emily Blunt as Rosemary Muldoon, Jamie Dornana as Anthony Reilly, Christopher Walken as Tony, Jon Hamm and Dearbhla Molloy.Creative Team: John Patrick Shanley – Screenplay and Director.
Release Date: Dec. 11, 2020

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

See Chadwick Boseman in his final filmed role this December, as August Wilson’s well-known 1920s drama comes to Netflix. Viola Davis stars in the titular role, an African-American singer whose creative decisions are stifled by her management. This adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is sure to dazzle us on screen. 

Cast: Viola Davis as Ma Rainey, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Glynn Turman as Toledo
Creative Team: Ruben Santiago-Hudson – Screenplay. George C Wolfe – Director
Release Date: Dec. 18, 2020

One Night in Miami

Unbelievably, Kemp Powers’s One Night in Miami hasn’t been staged in New York. But, this politically-charged drama imagines what would have happened if Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown had all spent a night together in 1960s America.

It’s coming to our screens in 2020, starring the Tony Award-winning Leslie Odom Jr. as the “King of Soul” Sam Cooke. Although One Night in Miami hasn’t been to Broadway, there’s no denying the Great White Way’s influence in this adaptation. Jaoquina Kalukango stars in the movie, cast directly after One Night In Miami director Regina King saw her in Slave Play at the Golden Theatre. 

Cast: Eli Goree as Muhammad Ali, Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke, and Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown.
Creative Team: Kemp Powers – Screenplay. Regina King – Director. 
Release Date: Dec. 25, 2020

In production

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

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

Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott (Photo courtesy of United Agents)

Oslo

Andrew Scott will play Norweigan 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 is currently happening 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: 2021

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