From the big screen to the broadway stage and back to the big screen again.
“Mean Girls” continues its world domination as producers of the hit Broadway show, based on the 2004 film of the same name, announced that a movie musical is in the works.
Tina Fey, who wrote the film and stage production (and also starred as Ms. Norbury), shared her excitement in a statement. “I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen," she said. "It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
Paramount president of production Elizabeth Raposo said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing this iconic property back to the big screen in musical form with our incredible filmmaking team.”
In addition to scoring a fetch movie deal, the stage production is finalizing details to bring the musical to London’s West End next year, according to Variety.
“It has been a joy to work on ‘Mean Girls’ and to watch it go from film, to musical, and now to musical film,” Lorne Michaels said. “I am very proud that Tina’s story and characters continue to resonate with new generations. We are all excited to continue to work with Sonia Friedman and her team as we prepare for London.”
“Mean Girls” is one of several Tony-winning musicals getting a film adaptation.
Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit, “In the Heights,” is coming to the big screen this summer, while Steven Speilberg re-imagines “West Side Story” for a December debut with original Broadway star Rita Moreno joining the cast, according to Deadline.
Fey is also producing a new show for NBC's new streaming service, Peacock, launching in July.