Stephen Sondheim's 'Follies' to Get Big Screen Treatment

Director Dominic Cooke will oversees the movie adaptation of the Broadway production for Heyday Films and BBC Films, while David Heyman and Rosie Alison serve as producers.

AceShowbiz - Stephen Sondheim's classic Broadway musical "Follies" is being turned into a movie.

An acclaimed production of the musical was performed at the National Theatre in London in 2017 and again in 2019, and director Dominic Cooke, who worked on the U.K. stage production, has been tapped to helm a screen version for Heyday Films and BBC Films.

Based on the book by James Goldman, and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, "Follies" first ran in 1971. It features the songs "Broadway Baby", "I'm Still Here" and "Losing My Mind", and follows a reunion of former performers in a crumbling Broadway theatre scheduled for demolition.

"Over the years, there have been many attempts to bring 'Follies' to the screen, but not until Dominic Cooke's brilliant production at the National Theatre of Great Britain did it seem like it could be a real movie. I'm more than delighted, I'm thrilled, that it's finally going to happen," Sondheim said in a statement, reported Deadline.

The four-time Olivier Award-winning director will oversee the project, while "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and "Marriage Story" producer David Heyman will produce with Rosie Alison.

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