Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be adapted from the West End to the silver screen, Sony Pictures has confirmed.
Opening last month at the Aldwych Theatre, the jukebox bio-musical recently extended its London run up until 13 February 2016.
Actress Katie Brayben’s endearing performance received praised reviews for communicating “King's warmth, modesty, self-deprecating humour, and touching integrity”.
The Tony-winning show first debuted on Broadway in January 2014 and a North American touring production is slated to begin in the fall.
Sony’s Michael DeLuca said in a statement: “Theatrical audiences both on Broadway and in the West End have responded to Beautiful - not only to relive Carole King's timeless classics, but to experience the ways they illustrate her triumphant and joyful life story.”
Theatre highlights of 2015
Theatre highlights of 2015
1/7 Hamlet - Barbican
The advance sales broke records, but there will be 100 £10 tickets held back for each day’s performance of the most hotly anticipated classical production of the year: Benedict Cumberbatch as Shakespeare’s brainiest hero, directed by Lyndsey (Chimerica) Turner.
2/7 Bend it Like Beckham - Phoenix Theatre
Gurinder Chadha directs a musical adaptation of her film about a Sikh girl who defies her family for football, scored by Howard Goodall. We’re promised a celebratory state-of-the-nation comedy.
3/7 Hard Problem - National Theatre
The Hard Problem is consciousness in Tom Stoppard’s first new play for nine years. It’s set in a brain science institute and directed by Nicholas Hytner, who steps down at the National Theatre after a glorious reign, in April.
4/7 The Hook - Royal & Derngate
To celebrate the Arthur Miller centenary, James Dacre directs a world premiere, adapted by Ron Hutchinson from Miller’s FBI-suppressed screenplay about mobsters in the dockyards of 1950s Brooklyn.
5/7 Farinelli and the King - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Mark Rylance stars in this fascinating real-life story, dramatised by his wife Claire van Kampen, about Philippe V of Spain and the castrato whose voice cured him of insomnia and despair.
6/7 Antigone - Barbican and King's Theatre
The visionary Flemish director Ivo van Hove brings us Sophocles’s great tragedy in a modern version starring Juliette Binoche.
7/7 The Vote -Donmar Warehouse
James Graham aims for a media coup with his drama set in a fictional London polling booth in the last 90 minutes of Election Day 2015. The run culminates in a live broadcast on More4 on the day.
The movie version of Beautiful will be produced in conjunction with Tom Hanks, Mamma Mia film producer Gary Goetzma, and the original stage version’s producer Paul Blake. Douglas McGrath, who wrote the book for the stage production, will work on the screenplay.
Beautiful tells the story of King’s rise to fame, employing some of the musician’s most famous songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman”.
No casting decisions have been announced yet.
Aside from the success of Into the Woods and Les Miserables, films based on stage smash hits are among Hollywood’s riskiest propositions.
In the past, adaptations of Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages have underperformed at cinemas.
Box-office analysts were also unimpressed by Sony’s latest musical Annie, released in December.