JEKYLL AND HYDE Musical to Become a Feature Film
The Phantom of the Opera isn’t the only classic movieland monster to have gotten the musical theaters treatment. Frank Wildhorn (a winner of Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys) debuted the acclaimed Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde back in 1997. Now, the show is being reimagined for the big screen by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Revenant) who also penned the script. Dinelaris will produce Jekyll and Hyde under his New York-based development company, Lexicon. This marks the first production under the Lexicon banner.
As previously mentioned, Jekyll and Hyde debuted on Broadway in 1997 and spent the next 20 years playing across four continents, in 28 countries, and grossing close to a billion dollars. The acclaimed musical follows the journey of Dr. Jekyll as he wrestles with his alter ego, Mr. Hyde, in an epic battle between good and evil.
Dinelaris said, “Bringing the gritty potential of Leslie and Frank’s stirring gothic musical to the big screen made Jekyll & Hyde the perfect project to launch Lexicon, which is focused on character-driven, muscular storytelling.”
You can check out a six-year-old trailer for Jekyll and Hyde below, followed by the synopsis from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Dr. Jekyll is a kind, well-respected and intelligent scientist who meddles with the darker side of science, as he wants to bring out his ‘second’ nature. He does this through transforming himself into Mr. Hyde – his evil alter ego who doesn’t repent or accept responsibility for his evil crimes and ways.
Are you a fan of the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and/or the Broadway musical it inspired? Are you excited to see this mix of music and horror hit movie screens? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!