First, ‘Spider-Man,’ now ‘Rocky’? Yes, it’s true. The 1976 Oscar-winning film starring Sylvester Stallone is reportedly being adapted into a drama for the stage. Tony Award-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty are working with writer Thomas Meehan on the project, according to the New York Times.
Meehan and producer Barbara Darwall report that a private reading was held in New York earlier this year. Stallone holds the rights to the story and is producing the production, which will launch in Germany in fall 2012, and possibly move to Broadway in spring 2013.
Good for Stallone for holding onto the rights to this story, especially if he’s held onto them all these years. What a smart move on his part, because even with all the other roles and movies he’s done over the years, Rocky is the one he’s most identified with. He’s basically carried that role throughout his entire career, including 2006’s ‘ well-received [amazon_link id=”B000N3AXQU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Rocky Balboa[/amazon_link].’
Then again, after the disastrous production of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,’ you wonder how gung-ho investors are about putting their money into these stage projects. Hopefully, ‘Rocky’ will fare better.
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