James Ponsoldt to Adapt 'Pippin' for the Big Screen

James Ponsoldt
James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt has signed on to write the big-screen adaptation of the musical Pippin for The Weinstein Company.

Polsoldt’s most recent credits include directing the 2013 Sundance Film Festival breakout The Spectacular Now and writing and helming the Aaron Paul-starrer Smashed.

TWC has owned the Pippin film rights for nearly a decade, which Dylan Sellers and Julie Oh will oversee for the company.

Pippin originally opened on Broadway in 1972 and was directed by Bob Fosse with music by Steven Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 1973, including best musical.

“James has rightfully become one of the most buzzed about young writer-directors in the business," TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said. "After flying to New York to catch a preview of Pippin recently, he met with us and exchanged his ideas on adapting the script for film. Smashed and The Spectacular Now showed his talent for telling stories of self-discovery, and we’re confident he will have the same success rewriting this story.”

After a recent successful run at Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, the first Broadway revival of Pippin is currently playing on Broadway and was recently nominated for 10 Tony Awards.

Ponsoldt is repped by UTA.

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