The musical-comedy “Shucked” had its closing performance on Broadway Sunday night, but the show went out with an even louder set of whoops than expected, as the curtain call included the news that a feature film adaptation is in the works.
Show reps confirm to Variety that a movie version of “Shucked” is being set up with Mandalay Pictures.
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The producers for Mandalay will be Jason Michael Berman (AIR) and Jordan Moldo, along with Alan Fox.
“We’re all a little sad to say goodbye to this. But there’s some good news,” one of the Broadway production’s producers, Mike Bosner, said amid the cast’s final farewells. “We don’t have to say goodbye just yet. Because I’m happy to announce that we will be making a feature film of ‘Shucked,'” he said, as the crowd’s cheering began to drown him out.
Robert Horn, who wrote the show’s book, is writing the screenplay adaptation.
Horn is one of the executive producers, as well, along with Jack O’Brien, who directed the Broadway production, and Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, who composed the music.
Horn, O’Brien, Clark and McAnally were all Tony-nominated for their work, and Clark and McAnally won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding music.
No casting has been revealed.
“Shucked” was already set to enjoy an after-life in the wake of the Broadway closing, as a North American tour was announced in the fall, with the first dates set for Nashville. Further U.S. dates have not yet been announced, but productions in London and Australia are planned as well.
The Broadway cast album is currently up for the Grammy for best musical theater album.
At Sunday’s closing performance, Alex Newell, who won a Tony for featured male performer in a musical, playing Lulu, received what attendees said was a three-minute standing ovation for the showcase number “Independently Owned”… an uptick on the minute-plus ovation that performance regularly earned throughout the run.
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