Disney has acquired the live-action adaptation rights to turn the hit Broadway show “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” into a film.
The musical centres on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School and follows several competitors with diverse backstories who are competing in a bee. The musical was based upon an original improvisational play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E that was created by Rebecca Feldman and performed by The Farm, a New York-based improvisational comedy troupe.
THR is reporting that this new film is going to be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who previously produced the recent “Aladdin” remake. Ryan Halprin will also be an executive producer of the film. He previously appeared in a college production of the show and was involved in getting the rights for Disney.
The musical has been a huge success on Broadway, winning multiple Tony awards for Best Book and Best Featured Actor. Disney is now searching for writers to help adapt the play to a film. No director has yet been attached to the project.
Are you looking forward to seeing a new “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” film?