BREAKING: Belle Pictures and the Mark Gordon Company have set a film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis at Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment. Mark Gordon and Molly Smith will produce with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Smith has a four-year first-look deal with Alcon.
Created by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, Memphis is currently touring the United States through the summer of 2013. DiPietro will write the screen musical adaptation of the hugely popular stage show. Memphis also won an Emmy for its PBS airing of the original Broadway production.
In Memphis, a white DJ whose love of R&B music and an up-and-coming black singer sparked a dangerous affair during the rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. It won the Tony for Best Musical in 2010, along with Best Book of a Musical, Best Score and Best Orchestration.
The Mark Gordon Company’s Allyson Seeger and Gordon began acquiring the rights to “Memphis” approximately two years ago, and Seeger is executive producing the film.