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.
Add in the equal success of original movie musicals (The Greatest Showman, anyone?), and you have a film landscape ripe for more. Here's a complete list of all the upcoming movie musical adaptations.
There are lots of movie musicals in the works right now. Below, find out which movie musicals are currently filming, with more news expected soon.
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.
Cast: Halle Bailey (as Ariel), Jonah Hauer-King (as Prince Eric), Melissa McCarthy (as Ursula), Javier Barden (as King Triton), Daveed Diggs (as Sebastian), Jacob Tremblay (as Flounder), Awkwafina (as Scuttle), Noma Dumezweni (as Queen Selina), Lin-Manuel Miranda (as Le Chef Louis)
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
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 (as Nettie), Fantasia (as Celie), Danielle Brooks (as Sofia), Taraji P. Henson (as Shug Avery), Colman Domingo (as Mister), Corey Hawkins (as Harpo), Halle Bailey (as young Nettie), H.E.R. (as Squeak), Louis Gossett Jr. (as Ol' Mister Johnson), David Alan Grier (as Rev. Samuel Avery), Tamela J. Mann (as First Lady), Deon Cole (as Alfonso), Phylicia Mpasi (as young Celie), Stephen Hill (as Henry "Buster" Broadnax), Elizabeth Marvel (as Miss Millie), Jon Batiste (as Grady)
Creatives: Blitz Bazawule (director), Marcus Gardley (screenplay)
Release date: December 20, 2023
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to the cinema we go. Did you know that Snow White was the first full-length animated Disney film, released in 1937? Now, nearly 90 years on, Snow White is getting a live action version, with West Side Story's Rachel Zegler as the title princess.
Cast: Rachel Zegler (as Snow White), Gal Gadot (as Evil Queen), Andrew Burnap (as Jonathan), Martin Klebba (as Grumpy)
Creatives: Marc Webb (director), Greta Gerwig and Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay)
Release date: March 22, 2024
Mufasa: the Lion King
Following the 2019 remake of The Lion King, Deadline Hollywood has reported that Barry Jenkins will direct a follow-up movie. The sequel will be Mufasa's origin story.
Creatives: Barry Jenkins (director)
Release date: July 5, 2024 (tentative)
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 (as Elphaba), Ariana Grande (as Glinda), Jonathan Bailey (as Fiyero), Jeff Goldblum (as the Wizard), Michelle Yeoh (as Madame Morrible), Ethan Slater (as Boq), Marissa Bode (as Nessarose), Bowen Yang (as Pfannee), Bronwyn James (as ShenShen), Keala Settle (as Miss Coddle)
Creatives: Winnie Holzman (screenplay), Jon M. Chu (director), Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics)
Release date: Christmas 2024 and 2025
From movie to musical and back again, this new movie is guaranteed to be fetch. We're not sure what year it's coming to cinemas, but surely it'll be released October 3. Right?
Cast: Angourie Rice (as Cady Heron), Reneé Rapp (as Regina George), Bebe Wood (as Gretchen Weiners), Avantika Vandanapu (as Karen Smith), Chris Briney (as Aaron Samuels), Auli’i Cravalho (as Janis Ian), Jaquel Spivey (as Damian Hubbard), Tina Fey (as Ms. Norbury), Tim Meadows (as Mr. Duvall), Busy Philipps (as Mrs. George), Jenna Fischer (as Mrs. Heron) Creatives: Tina Fey (screenplay), Jeff Richmond (music), Nell Benjamin (lyrics), Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne (directors)
Merrily We Roll Along
Filmed in real time, this film adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along will take more than 20 years to create. We're looking forward to seeing the times unfold in cinematic form and watch the result of the characters aging in real life.
Cast: Beanie Feldstein (as Mary Flynn), Paul Mescal (as Franklin Shepard), Ben Platt (as Charley Kringas)
Creatives: Richard Linklater (screenplay and director), Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
Release date: TBD
Multiple other movie musicals have been announced, but filming information, complete casting, and release dates have yet to be set. Discover the movie musicals that have been announced, with definite news still pending.
Girl From the North Country
This musical featuring the tunes of Bob Dylan follows the owners of a Duluth, Minnesota boarding house and their guests, who alter each other's lives in various ways.
Cast: Chlöe Bailey (as Marianne Laine), Olivia Colman (as Elizabeth Laine), Woody Harrelson (as Nick Laine)
Creatives: Bob Dylan (music and lyrics), Conor McPherson (screenplay and director)
A Chorus Line
In an interview with Deadline, Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Michael Bennett's historic musical 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.
Creatives: Ryan Murphy (director)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Variety confirmed that Tom Hanks will produce a film adaptation of Carole King's life story. Only initial casting has been confirmed, but that means more info should come soon.
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones (as Carole King)
Creatives: Douglas McGrath (screenplay), Carole King and others (music and lyrics), Lisa Cholodenko (director)
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.
Creatives: Irene Sankoff and David Hein (screenplay, music, and lyrics), Christopher Ashley (director)
Flower Drum Song
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song ran for just over a year on Broadway. More than 60 years since its Broadway opening, Flower Drum Song will now be adapted for the cinema for the second time (the first was in 1961).
Creatives: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (music and lyrics)
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.
Creatives: James Goldman (screenplay), Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
Rumors have been circulating that Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a film adaptation of this Tony-winning musical, 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.
Creatives: Jeanine Tesori (music), Lisa Kron (lyrics)
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.
Creatives: Bill Condon (director)
"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 haven't been confirmed yet.
Creatives: Amy Sherman-Palladino (director), Jule Styne (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics)
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. The concept is based on a true story; creative Craig Thomas's son Elliot was born with Jacobsen Syndrome.
Cast: Kristen Bell (as Kate), Jonathan Groff (as Brian)
Creatives: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (screenplay and directors), Nathan Larson (music)
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 any new updates on this movie.
Cast: Ice Cube (as Fagin)
Creatives: Danny Strong (screenplay), Thomas Kail (director), Lionel Bart (music and lyrics)
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+.
Creatives: Jocelyn Bioh (screenplay), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (music and lyrics)
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical is getting the star treatment here with this film remake. This adaptation will feature additional elements 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)
Creatives: Lynn Grossman (screenplay), Michael Mayer (director), Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (music and lyrics)
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 Broadway audiences to a medieval period, and it's sure to do the same on the silver screen.
Creatives: Eric Idle (screenplay), Casey Nicholaw (director), John Du Prez and Eric Idle (music and lyrics)
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 (as Norma Desmond)
Creatives: Tom MacRae (screenplay), Rob Ashford (director), Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Don Black and Christopher Hampton (lyrics)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
"Spell film." 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 in 2005, but this adaptation, produced by Disney, will definitely get everyone w-a-t-c-h-i-n-g. Watching.
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, but Gary Barlow confirmed on Twitter that it's being worked on. One thing's for sure, we'll "never forget" this musical.
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?
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 new film, created by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Spike Lee. We're not sure you can tell a story about Viagra without content warnings, but we're definitely intrigued.
Creatives: Spike Lee and Kwame Kwei-Armah (screenplay), Spike Lee (director)
The Wizard of Oz
Over 80 years after the original film premiered, 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.
Creatives: Nicole Kassell (director)
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