Musical ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ will be made into movie

By Xingye Li,

Hollywood is going to have another musical movie to look forward to. The musical Jekyll & Hyde will be back on stage in April, and will also be made into a movie. It has been reported that Hollywood producers have already bought the film rights to the musical.

The New York Times reports that film producer Mike Medavoy, who produced Black Swan, and former agent Rick Nicita, who started production company RP Media, have teamed up to buy the film rights to Jekyll & Hyde.

They said the immediate plan is to recruit a director. Talking about film musicals, Nicita said, “They’re consistently hits if they’re made well.”

Composer Frank Wildhorn and Lyricist Leslie Bricusse’s musical version opened on Broadway in 1997 and earned four Tony Award nominations. The last performance was played on Jan. 7, 2001. After twelve years, the musical will begin preview showings on April 5 and open on April 18 at the Marquis Theater for a 13-week run, reports The Wrap.

The original novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in the 19th century. It has been made into several movies in the past. One starred Spencer Tracy in 1942 and another featured Sean Young in 1995, which was a critical flop.



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