It seems like Hollywood is making movies out of anything it can get its hands on these days.
Books, theme park rides, board games, apps. If there is even a pulse of a story in something and a big enough audience Hollywood has probably looked at making a movie out of it.
So of course Hollywood has raided musical theater for years for new films that already have an audience that will drive to the movie theater before the first take is shot, and the future looks like more of the same.
It’s not all bad though.
Sometimes they hit the nail on the head with adaptations and breathe new life into some of our favorite stories. We’ve put together a list of some of the biggest musical to film adaptations and remakes coming out in the near future so you know what to look for in theaters in the next few years.
Oliver Twist has been a worldwide favorite character ever since Charles Dickens first published his story in 1837. Oliver! was the first big adaptation of the book when it hit the West End in 1960 and was a huge success in London and later in New York.
There was then a film adaptation in 1968 that was an even bigger hit, winning 6 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood dipped back into their old bag of tricks and pulled out everyone’s favorite orphan.
Cameron Mackintosh is teaming up with Working Title to produce the film, and that could be a good or a bad thing depending on your opinion of one of their other big projects, 2012’s Les Mis.
While the film is still in preproduction and there are still a lot of unfilled roles, including Oliver, the role of the director has been filled by Jonathan Strange director Toby Haynes. Another role that still needs to be filled is the release date. Unfortunately, this film is still in development and no release date has been released yet.
Beauty and The Beast
Disney has been visiting some of their best stories in the form of live action films. First they gave Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty her live action film starring Angelina Jolie. Then they nailed a remake of Cinderella in 2015.
Their next project is Beauty and The Beast.
Beauty and the Beast was originally a 1991 animated feature film, but ever since then it has stayed relevant by being a staple on Broadway. This film was produced by Disney and Mandeville Films and directed by Bill Condon.
It made waves on social media when the first trailer dropped on May, 23 of this year, especially since Emma Watson is starring as Belle. The Beast will be played by Dan Stevens and the cast includes other stars like Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, and Josh Gad.
Beauty and the Beast is scheduled to hit theaters on March 17th, 2017.
Everyone loves to watch a good villain, and Elphaba from The Wizard of Oz is one of the best of all time.
That’s why It was only a matter of time until Wicked was made into a movie. The story is just too popular for Hollywood to pass up. It is the 10th longest Broadway show of all time after all.
The film has been in development for years but just recently it was given a release date for December 2019.
Director Stephen Daldry has been a part of development for several years and will be directing the film.
Other than that there is not much information on lead actors or a shooting date, but the good news is that the producers are taking their time to get the film just right and a release date is an encouraging sign that things are moving in the right direction.
West Side Story
It’s THE modern Romeo and Juliette story, of course it’s going to be remade into a film.
This remake is in the hands of 20th Century Fox and MGM and they have big shoes to fill. The 1961 film won 10 Oscars including Best Picture and has been a fan favorite ever since the musical hit Broadway in 1957.
While this film is still in development and has a long way to go before any concrete news there are a few signs that something great is in the works.
Steven Spielberg has wanted to remake the film for decades and the film and Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner is taking on the script for the film. It helps that the last time these two teamed up they made 2012’s Lincoln.
If the star power producing and writing the film is any sign of the future of this project, then the cast and final product will be something special.
What other musical to film adaptations and remakes are you looking forward to? Share this list and let us know in the comments below!