The iconic 1990 pic Pretty Woman, the one that made Julia Roberts a star playing a gold-hearted hooker looking for a fairy-tale ending, is on its way to becoming a Broadway musical, and the movie’s director Garry Marshall and screenwriter JF Lawton are writing the book. According to the NY Post‘s Michael Riedel, who broke the story, Marshall is currently in NY with producer Paula Wagner to meet with composers, lyricists and directors to make the project happen. The original musical was written by Lawton as an edgier tale that ended with the prostitute thrown out of the rich guy’s limo, picking up the $3,000 tossed after her, before the film was Disney-fied and became one of the biggest hits of the 1990s. Still, the subject matter is risque, and I’m imagining the songs that could line the production.
Los Angeles – Veteran writer-producer-director Garry Marshall, who has been responsible for some of the most popular series in television, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy, is set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement, honoring lifetime achievement in outstanding television writing. Marshall’s contributions to entertainment will be recognized at the upcoming 2014 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
EXCLUSIVE: Garry Marshall, who ruled the sitcom world in the 1970s with hit series Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple, has teamed with prolific producer Aaron Kaplan for a multi-camera comedy project at Nickelodeon. Marshall will co-write the script with his son, director Scott Marshall (Keeping Up With The Steins), and is set to direct. The multi-camera comedy, based on an idea by Kaplan, features all kids (10 to 12 years old) playing grown-up characters in the vein of Alan Parker’s gangster musical Bugsy Malone starring young Scott Baio and Jodie Foster. Framed as a crime procedural, the sitcom centers on a male cop, his DA brother and the female judge they both have a crush on. Also a corrupt mayor and the woman who runs the local “malt shoppe” who is “connected”. Garry Marshall, Scott Marshall and Kaplan executive produce. Kaplan and the Marshalls all have a recent history with Nickelodeon.
Washington, DC — The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that Garry Marshall, legendary Hollywood actor, director, writer and producer, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the 2012 NAB Show Television Luncheon, sponsored by Wide Orbit, on Monday, April 16. NAB Show, held in Las Vegas, is the annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms.
Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve from New Line has a new trailer showing its ensemble cast preparing for the big night. Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker and Halle Berry are seriously ready to get this party started on Dec. 9.
New Line Cinema’s second ensemble romantic comedy linked to a Hallmark card holiday (the first, Valentine’s Day, made $216.5 million globally last year) is due out Dec. 9, 2011. Garry Marshall returns to direct New Year’s Eve and a cast that includes Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl and Robert De Niro in a movie about intertwining stories on the year’s final night.
EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl, not Halle Berry, will be the one smooching Jon Bon Jovi in New Line’s ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. I’m told Berry has dropped out of the picture, which is just getting underway. Heigl was available because she recently withdrew from Adaline, a film that was supposed to shoot in March from Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Her reps said Heigl, who recently adopted her first child, didn’t want to go back to work right away. New Year’s Eve is the perfect job then, because it’s a true ensemble that won’t require a long production commitment from the actress. Heigl had been in early talks for the original film, the Marshall-directed Valentine’s Day, but a deal was never consummated. Losing Berry is a blow, but Heigl’s certainly a draw in the romantic comedy genre. The Garry Marshall-directed film stars Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Russell Peters, Hilary Swank, Ice Cube, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Seth Meyers, Jessica Biel and Til Schweiger. Mike Karz and Wayne Rice are producing.