All the upcoming movie musicals hitting the big screen soon

Discover which musicals are coming soon, in production, and just announced.


If we’re not at the theatre, we’re still getting our musical fix thanks to movie musical adaptations. In recent years, film adaptations of Cats, Les Misérables, and Aladdin have raked in millions of dollars at the box office — with even more movie musicals coming to the big screen.

And with the success of movie musicals (The Greatest Showman, anyone?), there are even more musicals getting the big-screen treatment. Here’s a complete list of all the upcoming movie musical adaptations.

Coming Soon

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Teenager Evan Goldman’s story of moving from New York City to Indiana is coming to Netflix. The film adaptation will feature Jason Robert Brown’s songs too, and it’s being filmed in Toronto in June 2021. The original Broadway production starred a young Ariana Grande, so who knows where these child stars will end up?

Cast: Eli Golden, Gabriella Uhl, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Lindsey Blackwell, Jonathan Lengel, Ramon Reed, Nolen Dubuc, Luke Islam, Shechinah Mpumlwan, Kayleigh Cerezo, Wyatt Moss, Liam Wignall, Khiyla Aynne
Creatives: Robert Horn – Screenplay. Tamra Davis – Director. Jason Robert Brown – Music and Lyrics.
Release Date: August 12, 2022

Matilda

Emma Thompson will play Miss Trunchbull in a new film adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. 11-year-old Dubliner Alisha Weir will play the title role, with filming set to start from April 2021. We’re hoping the 200+ kids of Crunchem Hall won’t be too revolting.

Cast: Alisha Weir as Matilda, Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey
Creatives: Dennis Kelly – Screenplay. Matthew Warchus – Director. Tim Minchin – Music and Lyrics.
Release Date: December 2, 2022 (UK), December 16, 2022 (US)

In production

There are lots more movie musicals in the works right now. Below, find out which movie musicals are currently filming and we can expect to hear more news about soon.

Merrily We Roll Along

Filmed in real time, this film adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along will take over 20 years to create. But, we’re looking forward to seeing the times unfold in cinematic form, as well as the characters age in real life.

Cast: Beanie Feldstein as Mary Flynn, Blake Jenner as Franklin Shepard, Ben Platt as Charley Kringas
Creatives: Richard Linklater – Screenplay and Director. Stephen Sondheim – Music and Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown.

The Color Purple

Warner Bros. have announced a film revival of The Color Purple, currently projecting a 2023 release date. The Color Purple features a plethora of Broadway names.

Cast: Ciara, Fantasia, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P Henson, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey, H.E.R., Louis Gossett Jr, David Alan Grier, Tamela Mann, Deon Cole, Phylicia Mpasi and Stephen Hill
Creatives: Blitz Bazawule – Director
Release Date: December 20, 2023.

The Little Mermaid

It’s been over 30 years since the animated Disney movie first came out, so we’re looking forward to this live-action adaptation. There’ll be new songs by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda too; we’re just looking forward to Flounder and Sebastian again.

Cast: Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Barden as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Noma Dumezweni.
Creatives: David Magee – Screenplay; Rob Marshall – Director. Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda – Music. Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater – Lyrics.
Release Date: May 26, 2023.

Wicked

Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande willl star as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively, in the long-awaited film adaptation, which will be released in two parts. With the release dates pushed back to 2024 and 2025, it’s going to be a long time before we see Elphaba defy gravity.

Cast: Cynthia Erivo – Elphaba, Ariana Grande – Glinda
Creative Team: Winnie Holzman – Screenplay. Jon M. Chu – Director.
Release Date: Christmas 2024 and 2025

Announced

A Chorus Line

In an interview with Deadline, Ryan Murphy has confirmed that A Chorus Line is coming to Netflix. Rather than being a movie, the glossy Broadway musical will be presented as a series. About the show, he said “If you can’t say it, sing it” and that’s a motto we’ll be holding on to.

Cast: TBA
Creatives: Ryan Murphy – Director.
Release Date: Unknown.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

It’s been confirmed in Variety that Tom Hanks will produce a film adaptation of Carole King’s life story. No casting has been confirmed just yet, but we’re hoping for Jessie Mueller to reprise her Tony Award-winning performance.

Cast: TBA
Creative Team: Douglas McGrath – Screenplay. Various Artists – Music and Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown.

Come From Away

Plans for a Come From Away movie (separate from the recording of a Broadway performance currently streaming on Apple TV+) have been in the works for a few years now, with the show’s writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein wanting the film to celebrate the Newfoundland community spirit. It’s rumored that Gander residents can sign up to be extras too — we’d kiss the fish for any chance to be in the film.

Cast: TBA
Creative Team: Irene Sankoff and David Hein – Screenplay, Music and Lyrics; Christopher Ashley – Director.
Release Date: Unknown

Flower Drum Song

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song ran for just over a year on Broadway. 60 years since its Broadway opening, Flower Drum Song will now be adapted for the cinema. Gene Kelly directed the stage production of Flower Drum Song, so maybe the film will be directed by a dancer too.

Cast: TBA
Creative Team: Unknown
Release Date: Unknown

Follies

You won’t lose your mind once you’ve seen Follies at the cinema. A new film adaptation of Follies is in active development. Casting is to be revealed, but we’d love to see the London 2018 revival cast, including Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee, reprise their roles.

Cast: TBA
Creative Team: James Goldman – Book, Stephen Sondheim – Music.
Release Date: Unknown

Fun Home

Rumors have been circulating that Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a film adaptation, directed by Sam Gold. Filming still hasn’t been confirmed, but we’re sure those “Ring of Keys” would unlock a musical marvel on screen. 

Cast: TBA
Creatives: Jeanine Tesori – Music, Lisa Krons – Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown

Guys and Dolls

Luck be a lady tonight! A new Guys and Dolls film remake has been commissioned. TriStar Pictures has purchased rights to remake Guys and Dolls, and the movie will be inspired by the Broadway musical as well as the original Damon Runyon short stories. Casting for the Guys and Dolls film is to be revealed, but we’re wondering if the 2009 Broadway revival cast including Tituss Burgess will feature.

Cast: TBA
Creatives: Bill Condon – Director
Release Date: Unknown

Gypsy

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” for a new film adaptation of Gypsy. The mastermind behind TV hits like Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is set to direct a new film, but a cast and release date hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Cast: TBA
Creatives: Amy Sherman-Palladino – Director. Jule Styne – Music. Stephen Sondheim – Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown.

Mean Girls

From movie to musical and back again, this new Mean Girls movie is guaranteed to be fetch. We’re not sure when it’s coming to cinemas, but surely it’ll be here for October 3. Right?

Cast: TBA
Creatives: Tina Fey – Screenplay. Jeff Richmond – Music. Neil Benjamin – Lyrics. Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne – Directors.
Release Date: Unknown.

Molly and the Moon

A brand new movie musical will hit our screens, all about a couple who sing to their unborn baby, while the baby sings to the “moon” before being born. Okay, the concept may seem wild, but it’s based on a true story; creative Craig Thomas’ son Elliot was born with Jacobsen Syndrome. It’s just been announced, so there’s no release date so far, but we’re definitely intrigued.

Cast: Kristen Bell as Kate, Jonathan Groff as Brian
Creatives: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – Screenplay, Stephanie Diaz-Matos and Nathan Larson – Music
Release Date: Unknown.

Oliver!

Hear us out, a new adaptation of Oliver! with an American rapper for a career criminal may be the modern “twist” we’ve been waiting for. But, it’s been over four years since there’s been any news update on this movie.

Cast: Ice Cube as Fagin
Creatives: Danny Strong – Screenplay; Thomas Kail – Director. Lionel Bart – Music and Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown.

Once On This Island

After acclaimed performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre, the one-act musical is set for a Disney film adaptation. Not much information is known about the upcoming movie, but we can’t wait to be swept away to the French Antilles with Disney+.

Cast: TBA
Creative Team: Jocelyn Bioh – Screenplay; Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty – Music & Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown.

Pinocchio

We promise we’re not lying here, and our noses won’t grow! A live-action Pinocchio is in the works. The 1940s film is being revamped with a whole host of Disney stars, including Toy Story‘s Tom Hanks and Beauty and the Beast‘s Luke Evans. This isn’t to be confused with the other 2021 Pinocchio film starring Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett.

Cast: Tom Hanks – Gepetto, Luke Evans – The Coachman, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt – Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo – Blue Fairy.
Creative Team: Robert Zemeckis and Chris Weitz – Screenplay; Robert Zemeckis – Director.
Release Date: Unknown.

Snow White

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to the cinema we go. Did you know that Snow White was one of the first Disney films, released in 1937? Now, nearly 90 years on, Snow White is being adapted into a live action version, with West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler as the title princess.

Cast: Rachel Zegler – Snow White
Creative Team: Marc Webb – Director.
Release Date: Unknown.

South Pacific

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical is definitely getting the star treatment here with this film remake. This adaptation will feature additional nuances from James Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific” too. Although casting has been rumored, there’s been no confirmation of filming.

Cast: Hugh Jackman as Emile de Becque, Justin Timberlake as Lieutenant Cable, Michelle Williams as Nellie Forbush.
Creative Team: Lynn Grossman – Screenplay. Michael Mayer – Director. Rodgers & Hammerstein – Music and Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown.

Spamalot

The Tony-Award winning musical is slated for a film adaptation, with a new screenplay by Monty Python creator, Eric Idle. In January 2021, it was confirmed that Paramount Pictures have acquired all rights, and apparently it’s full steam ahead for the production to be filmed. This surreal show transported audiences to a surreal, medieval period, but can it do the same on the silver screen?

Cast: TBA
Creative Team: Eric Idle – Screenplay; Casey Nicholaw – Director. John Du Prez and Eric Idle – Music and Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown.

Glenn Close singing ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ from Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

After her Tony Award-winning performance as Norma Desmond, Glenn Close is sure to bring a touch of Hollywood glam to the cinema. Rumors of this film remake have been around for over a decade, but the wheels now seem to finally be in motion for this adaptation.

Cast: Glenn Close
Creative Team: Tom MacRae – Screenplay; Rob Ashford – Director. Andrew Lloyd Webber – Music. Don Black and Christopher Hampton – Lyrics.
Release Date: Unknown

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

“Spell film.” Okay, so the kids in this musical spelling bee would breeze through the first rounds, but as six teens try to win a spelling championships, relationships become fraught. The one-act musical was last on Broadway 15 years ago, but this musical adaptation will definitely get kids w-a-t-c-h-i-n-g. Watching.

Cast: TBA
Creatives: TBA.
Release Date: Unkown.

The Band

As one of Britain’s most successful bands of all time, it’s unsurprising that their music will be used in a film. The Take That musical The Band is set for a film adaptation. Not much is known about the movie itself, but it’s been confirmed by Gary Barlow on Twitter that it’s being worked on. One thing’s for sure, we’ll “never forget” this musical.

Cast: TBA
Creatives: TBA
Release Date: Unknown

The King and I

We’ll be getting to know the new cast of The King and I in this new musical adaptation. Based on Margaret Landon’s Anna and the King of Siam, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical tells of a British schoolteacher employed by the Siamese king to teach his children. Could we be eying up reprisals for Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe?

Cast: Unknown
Creatives: Unknown
Release Date: Unknown.

The Lion King (Sequel)

Following the 2019 remake of ThLion KingDeadline Hollywood has reported that Barry Jenkins will direct a follow-up movie. The synopsis is kept under wraps; however, there’s mention that the sequel will be Mufasa’s origin story.

Cast: TBA
Creatives: Barry Jenkins – Director
Release Date: Unknown.

Tomorrow Morning

After two off-West End runs, Laurence Mark Wythe’s relationship musical drama will be adapted into a movie. At first, it seems as if the central couple are madly in love with each other. But, as the story develops, one of them is besotted while the other is undergoing divorce proceedings.

Cast: Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, Fleur East, Omid Djalili and Harriet Thorpe.
Creatives: Laurence Mark Wythe – Screenplay; Nick Winston – Director.
Release Date: Unknown

Viagra

You think you’ve seen it all, and then a musical film about Viagra comes along. Yes, the erectile dysfunction drug is getting its chance in the spotlight in a brand new film, created by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Spike Lee. We’re not sure how you can tell a story about Viagra without content warnings, but we’re definitely intrigued.

Cast: Unknown
Creative Team: Spike Lee and Kwame Kwei-Armah – Screenplay.
Release Date: Unknown

The Wizard of Oz

Over 80 years later, we’re off to see the wonderful wizard again! Watchmen director Nicole Kassell will transport audiences down the yellow brick road, but the identity of a new Dorothy Gale is currently unknown. As the book is in the public domain, the creative possibilities for this new adaptation are endless. If home is the land of Oz, then there’s no place like home.

Cast: Unknown
Creative Team: Nicole Kassell- Director.
Release Date: Unknown.