“Yes, they deserved to die and I hope they burn in hell!” OK, so it might not be Samuel L. Jackson bellowing this famous line to the rafters of the Golden Theatre this fall. (Or could it? Mr. Jackson did tread the boards just a few years ago, actually.) But whomever is cast in the Broadway adaptation of John Grisham’s hot-blooded legal thriller, expect some fireworks.
Coming off an acclaimed run at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2011, A Time to Kill will feature a script by Rupert Holmes (who knows a thing or two about mysteries as the author of The Mystery of Edwin Drood musical) and direction by Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man). And given that this is the film that boosted the career of a young Matthew McConaughey and gave Sandra Bullock one of her juicier dramatic roles, there’s no shortage of hot-property roles to be had. This is the first time a work of Grisham’s has ever been adapted for the stage.
“For almost a quarter of a century, A Time to Kill has captivated readers with its raw exploration of race, retribution and justice,” John Grisham said in a statement. “It was my first book and the first that I have allowed to be adapted for the theatre. Rupert Holmes did an excellent job of translating it from the page to the stage, and I am happy that not only my loyal readers, but a whole new audience will be able to experience this story in live theatre. I am looking forward to opening night on Broadway!”
Additional cast and crew will be announced at a later date. A Time to Kill will begin previews at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on September 28, with an opening scheduled for October 20.