Tom Hanks will serve as a producer on the film adaptation of the hit musical
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the Broadway and West End show based on the life of the Tapestry singer-songwriter, is to be made into a film by Sony Pictures.
The musical, which uses hits from King’s back catalogue to tell the story of her rise as a songwriter in the ’60s and huge success as a recording artist in the early ’70s, premiered in San Francisco in October 2013 before transferring to Broadway shortly after. The West End production began at London’s Aldwych Theatre last month (February).
“Audiences both on Broadway and in the West End have responded to Beautiful not only to relive Carole King’s timeless classics, but to experience the ways they illustrate her triumphant and joyful life story,” Sony’s Michael De Luca said in a press statement. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this inspiring and powerful musical to movie audiences everywhere.”
Tom Hanks will serve as a producer on the film alongside Gary Goetzman, who previusly worked on the movie version of Mamma Mia!, and Douglas McGrath, a producer on the Beautiful Broadway musical. The film’s director and cast have yet to be announced.
Sony has secured the rights to use King’s songs, which include ‘It’s Too Late’, ‘The Loco-Motion’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ and ‘You’ve Got A Friend’. Her 1971 album Tapestry is one of the best-selling of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide.