In the latest film-to-Broadway news, this year’s Best Picture winner, The King’s Speech, will be heading to the stage in 2012. This isn’t too surprising, as the script for the film was based on an original treatment for the stage. The film was both a popular and critical success, becoming the most successful independent film to date in the UK, netting 12 Oscar nominations, and wins in 4 categories.
The story covers events surrounding George VI’s ascension to the throne and his eventual delivery of an address to the nation after Britain declares war on Germany in 1939, the “speech” of the title. George VI’s road to becoming king is something an interesting tale in and of itself, though the film isn’t quite so concerned with that. George VI suffered from a stammer and worked many years with Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue to overcome it. This relationship is the core of the film.
The stage adaptation is said to be more concerned with the bigger political picture, including the abdication and the run up to World War II. It will follow in the footsteps of many stage adaptations, with a tryout in a regional theatre before moving to the prestigious West End in London, and, eventually, on to Broadway. It may be on Broadway by fall of 2012.
Something tells me this one will have fewer problems meeting its opening date than Spider-man did.