Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to get film version from Sony Pictures

Tom Hanks will serve as a producer on the movie

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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.”

 

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.

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