AceShowbiz - Hit chess drama "The Queen's Gambit" could be headed to Broadway as a stage musical.
Bosses at Level Forward have acquired the theatrical stage rights to Walter Tevis' novel, which was turned into a Netflix mini-series starring Anya Taylor-Joy, and are developing it into a musical.
"It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing 'The Queen's Gambit' to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theatre," Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and Producer Julia Dunetz said in a statement.
"Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story's inspiring women who energize and sustain [Taylor-Joy's character] Beth Harmon's journey and ultimate triumph. The story is a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity, and we're looking forward to moving the project forward."
Level Forward productions have received a combined 37 Tony Award nominations and include hits like "Oklahoma!", "Jagged Little Pill", and "Slave Play".
"The Queen's Gambit" TV series has earned rave reviews and scored a number of nominations and awards, including Best Actress trophy at the Critics Choice Awards for Taylor-Joy for her portrayal of Beth. The actress previously nabbed Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film at the Golden Globe Awards, where the show was hailed as Best Limited Series or Television Film.
Taylor-Joy, who is up for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, recently responded to fans' demand for season 2. "I adore the entire team that made it and I would jump at the chance to work with them again," she told Entertainment Tonight.
The "Glass" star admitted she was surprised by fans' reaction to the show, saying, "We just never thought about it. It was always a sapling to tree transition. You see her grow, you leave her in a good place. So we were genuinely surprised when people were like, 'Where's season two?' "