Published On: Sat, Jul 13th, 2013

20th Century Fox to turn hit films into musicals

_68694801_lof0brku Courtesy: BBC NEWS

“But we wanted to do it right and, most importantly, with the right people.”

Kevin McCollum, the producer behind Broadway hits Rent and Avenue Q, is among those co-financing the operation.

He has teamed up with film producer John Davis and entertainment mogul Tom McGrath to match Fox’s 50% investment in the venture.

“Theatre is about surprises and things that you haven’t seen before on stage,” McCollum told the New York Times.

“There are amazing Fox Searchlight titles and great films from the ’70s that nobody today has heard of.”

Some nine to 12 films will be developed into musicals, bound either for Broadway or US and international tours.

McCollum declined to say what films he saw as potential candidates for a musical makeover. However, Fox’s back catalogue includes such successes as Star Wars, Home Alone and Avatar.

“Most important is not forcing anything,” said Davis, whose big-screen hits include Doctor Dolittle, Predator and I, Robot.

“A big, popular movie doesn’t always lend itself to a live experience.”

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