EXCLUSIVE: Storyline Entertainment partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on with The Weinstein Company to produce Pippin, the screen adaptation of the musical that recently won Best Revival of a Musical among a four-Tony Award haul. This puts Zadan and Meron back with Weinstein, with whom they most successfully teamed on Chicago, the 2002 screen adaptation that won Best Picture among six Oscars. The duo also produced the hit movie musical Hairspray.
With book by Roger O. Hirson and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin originally launched in 1972 with Bob Fosse directing. It focused on the existential journey of the title character, a son of King Charlemagne trying to find his place in the Middle Ages. The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt is writing the screenplay adaptation of Pippin. Read More »
Producers of the Tony Award-winning musical revival say the show officially recouped its $8.5 million capitalization costs as of the Sunday, December 1 performance. Pippin also broke the Music Box Theatre house record last week for the highest grossing single performance on Friday night, November 29 with $151,219. The record was then broken again the next night with $151,977 gross sales. Pippin is now playing at the Music Box Theatre on West 45th Street.
This is one of two projects Mike Fleming Jr told you about last month that paired the scribe with The Weinstein Company. The other has James Ponsoldt writing and directing Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, the upcoming novel by Matthew Quick, whose Silver Linings Playbook was an Oscar-season hit for Weinstein. Here’s today’s release confirming Pippin:
New York, NY – May 7, 2013 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that James Ponsoldt has officially signed on to write the big screen adaptation of the beloved musical PIPPIN. Polsoldt’s most recent credits include directing 2013 Sundance Film Festival hit THE SPECTACULAR NOW and writing and directing Aaron Paul-starrer SMASHED. TWC has owned the film rights for nearly ten years to the production, which Dylan Sellers and Julie Oh will oversee for the company. PIPPIN originally opened on Broadway in 1972 and was directed by Bob Fosse with music by Steven Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 1973, including Best Musical.
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EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is doubling down on James Ponsoldt, the writer-director of The Spectacular Now and Smashed. TWC has made two big deals with Ponsoldt: He’ll script a movie adaptation of the venerable musical Pippin, and he’s also been set to adapt and direct Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, the upcoming novel by Matthew Quick. Quick’s Silver Linings Playbook was an Oscar-season hit for TWC.
Nobody was giving out much in the way of details, but Pippin is based on the musical about the son of King Charlemagne and his attempt to find his place in the world. The original had music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse directed the original production, and a revival is headed to Broadway later this year.
As for the Quick novel, the book will be published in August by Little, Brown Books For Young readers. On his birthday, a young man puts his grandfather’s pistol in his backpack, with plans to kill his former best friend and then himself. He also makes plans to say goodbye to four people who matter most to him. There is a Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor; a violin virtuoso classmate; a girl he has a crush on; and a favorite teacher who teaches about the Holocaust. Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser brokered the deal with Ponsoldt’s reps, UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners Brad Petrigala, and Dylan Sellers is steering the project. Read More »