'The King's Speech' Headed to Broadway
Last year, the film about King George VI's stuttering struggle conquered Hollywood, and now The King's Speech is attempting to take over the stage.
David Seidler, who won an Oscar for best original screenplay in February, originally wrote the tale as a play and later adapted it to the screenplay.
"When I adapted the play version back into a screenplay version, everybody was absolutely thrilled and delighted, and I got kudos," Seidler told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year of taking the movie to the big screen. "It made everything happen."
And, now, his original work will get its time in the sun. Producer Michael Alden announced the that the play, which will be directed by Adrian Noble, is headed to Broadway on his website.
The production is slated to hit the Great White Way in the fall of 2012. It will first open in the UK at the beginning of next year at the Guilford Yvonne Arnaud Theater before moving to London's West End in March.
Casting director Gabrielle Dawes is in the process of finding actors to play the stage versions of Colin Firth's King George Vi and Geoffrey Rush's Lionel Logue. None of the film's actors are expected to reprise their roles.