'Dear Evan Hansen' Movie in the Works, Ben Platt May Star
Tony-winning musical "Dear Evan Hansen" may be making the leap to the big screen very soon: Producers are currently working on adapting the hit show, potentially with its original star reprising his role.
According to Deadline, Universal has snapped up the rights to the hot property, which were shopped by the show's songwriting duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who will also produce. The Tony winners have been working overtime in recent years, landing nominations and awards left and right for projects including "La La Land" (for which they won the Best Original Song Oscar) and "The Greatest Showman" (for which they earned another Best Original Song nomination).
In addition to Pasek and Paul, the rest of the creative team is equally solid, with Stephen Chbosky ("Wonder," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower") currently in negotiations to direct. Marc Platt -- a veteran producer of high-profile movie musicals, including "La La Land," "Into the Woods," and the upcoming "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Aladdin" remake -- is set to produce.
While Deadline's report noted that it was unclear if original star Ben Platt ("Pitch Perfect") would once again be playing the titular teen, Variety reports that Platt (who, coincidentally enough, is Marc Platt's son) is in "early talks" to join the film version of the show, for which he won the Best Actor Tony. Platt played a high schooler who suffers from severe social anxiety, and winds up becoming mistakenly entangled with a classmate's family after the other teen commits suicide.
No word yet on when production may begin. Stay tuned.