A filmed version of Tony award-winning musical Come From Away will take place and be released this year, it has been announced.
The original Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the production with a filming date pencilled in for May 2021. It is planned to be released in September this year. The production will shoot in the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City where the Broadway production of Come From Away is staged.
Come From Away tells the heartwarming true story of 7,000 passengers stranded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a small town in Newfoundland, where they were housed and welcomed. It has been a huge hit over the world with slelout productions on Broadway and the West End. Due to the pandemic it is been unable to perform on either side of the Atlantic since then. A planned concert version in the West End was due to take place this month but was cancelled due to the lockdown though performances have now resumed in Australia.
The rights to Come From Away were acquired by them in 2017, and the Broadway musical was expected to be made into a film. The success of Hamilton last year has obviously led to a rethink and professionally filmed productions could become more common-place.
"Come From Away is a triumphant story about the power of humanity in the face of incredible darkness," Nick Meyer, eOne's president, film, said. "Now more than ever, we are eager to be able to create meaningful and uplifting content and are excited to partner with this outstanding creative team to share the story with audiences everywhere."
"We are thrilled to be joining this extended Gander community to continue to share Come From Away's beautiful story of togetherness through a filmed version of the musical, particularly at a time when live theater is shuttered in much of the world," said Dave Sirulnick, Executive Producer of RadicalMedia.
Come From Away joins a brilliant list of musical movies released this year including Dear Evan Hansen, In The Heights, West Side Story and Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
Let's hope theatres are back before this is released but it's great knowing there is some way for us to be welcomed back to the rock this year.