One of the most popular musical on Broadway right now will be made into a movie. According to Deadline, the nine times Tony Award-nominated Dear Evan Hansen on the big screen. The writers of the music of Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, sold the rights for the film to Universal. Wonder director Stephen Chbosky is in early talks right now. Chbosky also wrote the novel The Perks of a Wallflower and directed the movie.
Of course it’s something different to see it on stage vs on screen. Hopefully, a movie will bring the wonderful story and music of Dear Evan Hansen to cinemas all over the world. Fans are already excited. They already know who they want to lead the film. Ben Platt, who won a Tony for Best Actor for his role as Evan Hansen. Here is the good news, Platt is also in early talks for that role in the movie. Fingers crossed! Also involved in the project will be Steven Levenson, who wrote the musical’s book.
Evan Hansen is about a boy in high school who is struggles anxiety. His therapist gives him the advice to write letters in which he writes down the good things about a day. After a classmate of him died by suicide, he crafts a story to become closer to the family of his classmate. Dear Evan Hansen proved to be an outstanding musical. It was received both critical and audience acclaim.
Dear Evan Hansen is actually a tragic story with difficult topics as suicide and mental illness, but what makes it so beautiful is the hope and community in it. It seems like the right time for such a musical movie that deals with mental health, between the recent success of musicals like La La Land and the controversial 13 Reasons Why. This more than proves that perhaps the world is ready to see Evan Hansen’s story be told to a film audience.
Dear Evan Hansen will also open in the London West End towards the end of 2019. As for the film version, we currently have no time frame for its release.