Broadway and West End hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is to be made into a feature-length film.
The production – which charts the singer-songwriter’s rise to fame, as well as her highs and lows off-stage – will be produced by Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone and adapted by Douglas McGrath, who also wrote the musical’s book.
Sony Pictures – who are releasing the film – have obtained the rights to use King’s songs which include One Fine Day, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and You’ve Got a Friend, as well as the life rights of the singer and others who feature in the show.
“Theatrical audiences both on Broadway and in the West End have responded to Beautiful, not only to relive Carole King’s timeless classics, but to experience the ways they illustrate her triumphant and joyful life story,” said Michael De Luca, co-president of production at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this inspiring and powerful musical to movie audiences everywhere.”
Beautiful first launched on Broadway in January 2014 and has won two Tony Awards (including a best actress win for Jessie Mueller) and a Grammy Award.
The musical transferred to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre from February 2015 starring Katie Brayben as Carole. The production picked up eight Olivier Award nominations earlier this month including best new musical, best actress (Brayben) and best actor and actress in supporting roles (Ian McIntosh and Laura Want, respectively).
The move to the silver screen follows a string of successful musical-to-movie adaptations in recent years, including box office hit Mamma Mia! (also produced by Hanks and his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman) and Oscar-winners Chicago and Les Misérables.