The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been adapted countless times over the years. One of the most popular adaptations has been a musical. The musical first premiered in 1997, and garnered mixed reception but did maintain a large following and performed in 28 countries—grossing close to $1 billion over the years. Now, the musical is headed to the big screen.
Deadline has reported that Alexander Dinelaris, one of the Oscar-winning screenwriters of Birdman, has been taped to adapt the musical to the big screen. Dinelaris’ production company Lexicon will produce the film. In a statement, Dinelaris expressed his joy in adapting the material.
“Bringing the gritty potential of Leslie and Frank’s stirring gothic musical to the big screen made Jekyll & Hyde the perfect project to launch Lexicon, which is focused on character driven, muscular storytelling.”
The original writers of the musical, Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, were equally excited about the project.
“After 30 years of our stage productions playing successfully in almost every major country in the world, we are absolutely thrilled to see our musical version of Jekyll and Hyde becoming a major motion picture.”
This is the second time Dinelaris is involved in a Broadway show, as he wrote the book for the musical On Your Feet! about the life of Gloria Estefan.