Sunday, May 18, 2008

Maggie and Harold ... and the boys

Although completely snubbed by the Tony Awards, the all-star, all-African American revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is doing just fine, having recently recouped its investment. And now, Maggie the Cat (as played here by Anika Noni Rose) is returning to the screen once more: producers are hoping to turn the production into a film adaptation, with filming planned for next year.

This would be the fourth movie version of the Southern-fried drama, following the 1958 Oscar nominated hit starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor and two television adaptations: a 1976 British production with Natalie Wood and Laurence Olivier and the 1985 version starring Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Lange. It is not clear if this new Cat would be theatrically released or broadcast on television.

In more "stage-to-screen" news, Danny Glover will return to "Master Harold"…and the boys once more, this time for a film adaptation. Glover previously starred on Broadway in the Tony Award winning drama's original 1983 production and also in a 20th anniversary revival. Lonny Price, who co-starred in the former and directed the latter, will helm the movie version, which begins filming in South Africa in July.

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