• [NEWS] "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in development (Broadway play adaptation)

    From Your Name@YourName@YourISP.com to rec.arts.movies.current-films on Thu Apr 22 17:41:37 2021
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    From ComingSoon.net ...

    Antoine Fuqua set to helm Cat on a Hot Tin Roof adaptation
    As he and star Will Smith (Suicide Squad) are currently at
    work searching for a new filming location for the drama 
    Emancipation, director Antoine Fuqua is keeping his dance
    card full as he has signed on to direct and produce a film
    adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat on a Hot
    Tin Roof, according to Variety.

    "Bringing such a historic production to the screen is an
    honor I am thrilled to have alongside Stephen and Alia,"
    Fuqua said in a statement. "They have shown their commitment
    to the project with two successful stagings on Broadway and
    the West End and know what it takes to translate this iconic
    drama from theatre to cinema."

    First premiering in 1955 and based on his short story
    "Three Players of a Summer Game," Tennessee Williams' iconic
    play is set in the Mississippi Delta on the plantation of
    Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, and explores the
    relationships among his family, primarily between his son
    Brick and Maggie the "Cat," Brick's wife, and themes of greed,
    family, death and sexual repression.

    The Broadway play got a 2008 revival that made history as the
    first all-African American production, sold out for 19 weeks
    straight and was the highest-grossing play that season.
    Producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey will be
    partnering with Fuqua to develop their vision of the play as
    well as "new storylines and weave them together to bring the
    production to the big screen."

    "We set out to produce groundbreaking, high caliber work on
    both Broadway and London's West End with iconic plays, and now
    we hope to replicate this with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as a
    film," Byrd and Jones-Harvey said in a statement. "We are
    thrilled to be able to bring this Tennessee Williams classic
    play to life once again in a new iteration with the acclaimed
    Antoine Fuqua at the helm."

    Fuqua is set to produce the film via his Fuqua Films production
    label alongside Byrd and Jones-Harvey through their Front Row
    Productions banner.


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