UPDATE, with Mandalay statement: A feature film adaptation of Shucked, the corny (that’s a compliment) pun-filled Broadway musical comedy, is in development, with Mandalay Pictures on board to produce.
Shucked producer Mike Bosner made the announcement last night during the curtain call of Shucked‘s final performance, saying, “We’re all a little sad to say goodbye to this, but there’s some good news. We don’t have to say goodbye just yet, because we will be making a feature film of Shucked.”
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Watch video of the announcement below.
Mandalay president and Air producer Jason Michael Berman, Alan Fox and Mandalay VP Jordan Moldo are on board as Producers, and David Zelon and Sandra R. Berman will be executive producers.
From the stage side, composers Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, book writer Robert Horn, and stage director Jack O’Brien are Executive Producers. Horn will write the screenplay.
In a joint statement to Deadline, Berman, Fox and Moldo said, “Since the early workshops, we have been huge fans of Shucked. With a hilarious book and incredible music, we weren’t surprised by its success on Broadway. This is a movie about community building, told through laughter, music, and of course corn. We are thrilled to be able to join the original creative team behind the musical and help bring this story to audiences around the world as a motion picture on the big screen.”
Shucked, which was Broadway’s big surprise last spring when critics fell in love with the secretly sophisticated cornpone humor. Audiences, too, were in on the joke, though attendance eventually dwindled. The musical closed at the Nederlander Theatre yesterday after playing 28 previews and 327 regular performances.
Nominated for eight Tony Awards, the production took home the trophy for Best Featured Actor/Musical for Alex Newell’s star-making turn.
In addition to the film, a North American tour will be launching this fall in Nashville, with announced Australian and London productions in the works.
The original Broadway cast album has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Additional details, including production dates and casting, were not immediately available.
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