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    Multiple award-winning Sideways author, Rex Pickett, has formed a joint venture with EFG-Renascence Productions to develop a Broadway musical based on his hit film, as well as utilize the intellectual property across multiple media platforms and brand extensions, it was jointly announced today by EFG-Renascence founder, Solomon J. LeFlore, and his partner Susan Gee.

    Sideways is an incredible film that has never really been quarried for its franchise potential,” commented LeFlore in making the announcement. “We plan to rectify that. With movie-to-Broadway musical adaptations so popular, this seems a natural first step.”

    “The movie is as beloved today as it was when it came out,” added Gee. “The brand recognition of Rex’s characters and story is off the charts.”

    As a play, Sideways has been successfully staged four times. “The musical will take what was so winning and moving in the play and elevate it to new emotional heights,” said Pickett. “Based on my novel, it celebrates the timeless Alexander Payne film while returning to the source material with added value from scenes that were not included in the movie.”

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Award-Winning-Film-SIDEWAYS-to-be-Adapted-into-a-Broadway-Musical-20190502

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    Three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (who is also the younger sister Tony & Oscar nominee Rob Marshall) will direct and choreograph the upcoming musical.
    https://variety.com/2019/legit/news/sideways-the-musical-kathleen-marshall-1203361852/

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    I hated the film and would have no interest in a stage version.

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    I loved the film, but I don’t really see how it can be turned into a musical. I will say, though, I can definitely see Danny Burstein in the role of Miles.

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    I have just watched the 2004 film adaptation for the very first time. While competently made, I still found it to be a tad overrated. Judging from the three Alexander Payne movies I’ve now seen (the other two being The Descendants and Nebraska), he’s a filmmaker who just doesn’t really do it for me. Though I am now at least curious to see how this story could be translated into a stage musical. I also agree with Alex that I can totally picture Danny Burstein as Miles. Maybe even opposite Andy Karl as Jack.

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