Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the powerhouse producing team behind The Sound of Music Live!, Smash, the Chicago film adaptation and the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, have even more magic to do. According to Deadline.com, Zadan and Meron have partnered up with The Weinstein Company to produce the previously announced screen adaptation of Pippin.
Writer-director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) has been tapped to adapt the hit Steven Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson musical for the big screen, which tells the story of a young prince as he is guided on a journey by a mysterious group of performers, led by the Leading Player. Originally directed by Bob Fosse, Pippin features a score of memorable songs including “Magic to Do,” “Glory” and “Corner of the Sky.” The Tony-winning revival of the musical, starring Tony winner Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas, continues its hit run at the Music Box Theatre.
Zadan and Meron have also produced the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, as well as the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias and the recent film remakes of Footloose and Hairspray. Together, their work has earned 73 Emmy nominations, 12 Tony nominations and seven Grammy nominations.