Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King Of Comedy’ to become a Broadway musical

'Hedwig And The Angry Inch' composer-lyricist Stephen Trask is writing original songs

Martin Scorsese’s The King Of Comedy is being adapted into a Broadway musical.

Released in 1983, the black comedy starred Robert De Niro as an aspiring stand-up comedian who kidnaps a chatshow host, played by Jerry Lewis, in a bid to blackmail his way onto TV. Sandra Bernhard also starred as a stalker who helps the wannabe comic in his kidnapping bid.

Though the film was an infamous box office flop at the time, it has gone on to become a cult classic and currently holds a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Broadway adaptation will feature original songs by Stephen Trask, the composer and lyricist behind acclaimed film and stage musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Chris D’Arienzo, creator of the original Rock Of Ages stage musical, will write its book. Variety reports that the musical is being funded by New Regency, the entertainment production company founded by Arnon Milchan, producer of Scorsese’s original The King Of Comedy film.

In 2013 it was reported that Jack Black was interested in a big screen remake of The King Of Comedy, an idea later dismissed by one of the original film’s stars, Bernhard. “I mean I love him, he’s fabulous, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think it would have worked. It’s too late to remake it,” she told Movieline.