“Chicago” and “Hairspray” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on to produce a film adaptation of the musical “Pippin” for The Weinstein Company.
The Bob Fosse-directed and Stephen Schwartz-written 1972 stage musical focused on the existential journey of the title character, the son of King Charlemagne who was trying to find his place in the Middle Ages. The key element is that the performers are actually part of a circus troupe re-telling that story.
More recently the musical saw a revival earlier the year, the new version nabbing four Tony awards. Thanks to its success, the Weinstein began moving forward on this adaptation after holding onto the film rights since 2003.
“The Spectacular Now” helmer James Ponsoldt is currently at work on the screenplay adaptation.
Zadan and Meron produced the recent “The Sound of Music Live” on NBC which drew 18.6 million viewers. Its success has been so strong that NBC announced yesterday plans for an annual live musical broadcast to take place around the same time starting next year.
They were also behind the recent “Bonnie and Clyde” mini-series which aired simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime and the History Channel to strong ratings.