According to The Hollywood Reporter, movie producer Harvey Weinstein has plans to produce a stage musical version of the popular film, “Finding Neverland.”
Weinstein is in the process of setting up a $10 million stage version of the 2004 film, which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. “Finding Neverland” tells the story of British author JM Barrie who created Peter Pan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the stage version of the film will debut on Sept. 22 at the Curve Theater in Leicester, England.
Weinstein runs The Weinstein Co. with his brother Bob. In an interview with the BBC, Weinstein said that if the musical is a hit in Leicester, he plans to transfer it to London’s West End and then Broadway.
The producer chose the Curve Theatre, which opened in 2008, for the launch because its technical and rehearsal facilities beat those of traditional British Victorian playhouses, according to The Hollywood Reporter (via a BBC report).
The roles of Depp and Winslet will be filled on stage by Julian Ovenden and Rosalie Craig.
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