I just had to share this. In case you haven't heard, Harper Lee's deservedly-acclaimed novel -- and one of my all-time favorites -- To Kill a Mockingbird, is on its way to Broadway, scheduled for the 2017-18 season. The book will be produced by Scott Rudin and adapted by none other than TV and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
From The New York Times: Mr. Rudin isn’t the first producer to bring the story of Atticus and Scout to the stage. The playwright Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been staged countless times in schools and regional theaters across the country. It was staged in London in 2013, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard as Atticus.
It is especially beloved in Ms. Lee’s hometown, Monroeville, Ala., where volunteers have put on the play every spring for the last 26 years. Ms. Lee and her lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, have taken a more active role in the stage production recently, and created a nonprofit, the Mockingbird Company, to produce the play in Monroeville.
But according to her literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg, Ms. Lee has long been reluctant to sell the professional stage rights, despite entreaties by playwrights and producers.
More details may be found here.
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