Spamalot Musical: Paramount Nabs Film Adaptation From Fox
It has been two years since we last heard an update about the development of the film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical Spamalot after 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to the project in 2018. However, due to Disney’s acquisition of Fox, Deadline brings word that the long-in-development project has officially found a new home in Paramount Pictures.
The Spamalot film adaptation is based on the acclaimed 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a parody of the Arthurian legend whose Broadway production saw major actors perform, including Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Hank Azaria (Brockmire), and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), and is one of the highest-grossing plays of all-time, having grossed over $175 million.
Despite its major change in studio, the musical comedy feature is already fully developed with Monty Python alum Eric Idle and the original Broadway musical’s choreographer Casey Nicholaw still attached as the project’s writer and director, respectively. Casey Nicholaw is well-known for his work on the current Mean Girls play, as well as The Book of Mormon and Aladdin, and has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning one for Best Director in 2011 for Mormon.
The Spamalot film will be produced by Idle and Dan Jinks with Paramount Pictures’ Jon Gonda, Meg Lewis and Mike Ireland set as executive producers. The studio is planning to start production sometime this year. The project will mark an interesting twist for the genre, as it is a musical adaptation of a Broadway musical that is in and of itself an adaptation of a comedy that is in and of itself an adaptation of an epic legend.
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