UPDATE: EW can confirm that Sony plans to bring Beautiful to the big screen.
Sony Pictures will be able to use Carole King’s songs in the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment president Doug Belgrad and president of production Michael De Luca made the announcement today.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing this inspiring and powerful musical to movie audiences everywhere,” De Luca said in a statement.
As previously reported, Douglas McGrath, the musical’s book writer, will be on hand to adapt the musical to film. Sony will be producing alongside Playtone. Sherry Kondor and Christine Russell will also be producing. There has yet to be news about casting.
ORIGINAL STORY: Sony is set to bring Carole King’s beautiful career to the big screen.
The New York TImes reports that Sony is turning Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical into a film, to be produced in conjunction with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, and the original stage version’s producer Paul Blake. No casting has been announced for the film, however. Douglas McGrath wrote the musical’s book and will work on the film’s screenplay, according to the Times.
Beautiful tells the story of King’s early life and her career, employing some of the musician’s most famous songs like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “So Far Away.”
Beautiful, the stage version, shows no signs of slowing down, currently running in its second year on Broadway. A West End production just began in February while a U.S. tour is planned for later in 2015.
A representative for Sony films did not immediately respond to a request for comment
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical