NEW YORK -- The planned Broadway reworking of Rear Window, Cornell Woolrich's tale of a man confined to a wheelchair who witnesses a possible murder in his neighboring New York City apartment, is coming together.
Playwright Keith Reddin (Too Much Memory) will pen the adaptation, with Terry Kinney signing on to direct. Kinney's previous Broadway directing credits include a Tony-winning 2001 revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Gary Sinise, and the Neil LaBute drama Reasons to Be Pretty.
Based on Woolrich's 1942 short story It Had to Be Murder, Rear Window is best known via the playfully suspenseful 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.
“Rear Window is a remarkable story, with a classic film adaptation in Hitchcock’s masterpiece,” said Kinney. “Keith and I hope to honor the amazing source material and create a true psychological thriller for the stage -- one that combines theatrical storytelling with new technology to reveal our primal fears.”
Lias J. 'Jeff' Steen has joined the previously announced producing team of Charlie Lyons, Jay Russell and Tim Guinee, who secured adaptation rights to the material reportedly after many years of failed attempts by other producers.
A production timeline and cast are expected to be announced shortly.