Shankman Helms New “Bye Bye Birdie”

Adam Shankman (“Bedtime Stories,” “Hairspray”) will develop and produce the long-gestating remake of the 1958 stage musical “Bye Bye Birdie” for Sony Pictures says Reuters.

A stage favorite for the past half-century, “Birdie” centers on Conrad Birdie, a popular singer whose character is based loosely on Elvis Presley. He’s about to be shipped off to the army, but as part of a publicity stunt, he agrees to one last encounter with a fan before he goes to war.

The property has been adapted several times before, most notably in 1963 with Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke.

Shankman, Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce. Shankman remains attached to direct “Bob: The Musical” for Disney and a new “Sinbad” feature also for Sony.