Mean Girls The Musical is set to release a movie adaptation.
Following the show’s closure in New York during the pandemic, a movie adaptation of the musical is on its way to screen.
Itself based on the film of the same name, Mean Girls the musical features music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin and a book by Tina Fey, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie.
They will all return to the creative team for the film, which will be directed by husband and wife duo Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne.
According to Deadline, the project is a “high priority” for production company Paramount Players
Sources told the publication that the movie will “still have a deep love and respect for the original movie” while “subtly updating that story without taking away from the original”.
Details on casting and a release date are a long way off but Tina Fey previously ruled out the show’s original Broadway cast reprising their roles on screen.
“I think our Broadway actors are probably too [laughs] old. It’s been four years since they did it on Broadway,” she told Variety.
News of the movie was first shared in 2020.
Producer Lorne Michaels said: “It has been a joy to work on Mean Girls and to watch it go from film, to musical, and now to musical film. I am very proud that Tina’s story and characters continue to resonate with new generations.”
The Broadway run opened in New York in March 2018 at the August Wilson Theatre, collecting 12 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.
The production played over 800 performances, ultimately taking its final bow on March 11, the day Broadway shut down due to the ongoing pandemic.
Producers have said they’re looking to bring the show to the West End although there’s been no concrete details yet.