NEW YORK — “The Witches of Eastwick” is the newest film property that may be headed to Broadway.
According to a source within the London impresario’s organization, Cameron Mackintosh is interested in producing the 1987 pic as a tuner.
Warner Bros. was the pic’s producer, and a Broadway insider with knowledge of the company’s plans said WB may use the project to dip its toe into Broadway waters — without making a Disney-sized investment. Disney is understood to have spent well over $36 million on its New Amsterdam Theater, which houses its megahit “The Lion King.”
Mackintosh and WB may co-produce the stage musical version of “Witches.”
Mackintosh has produced such Broadway stalwarts as “Cats,” “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” He brings Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” to Broadway this fall.
” ‘Witches’ is now the one they’re really interested in doing,” said one insider with ties to Warner Bros. “But there are still conversations about doing ‘Batman’ as a musical, too.”
According to the source, WB had also sought the rights to Roald Dahl’s children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” but the Dahl estate in London was displeased by the 1971 Warner Bros. musical pic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and didn’t want to release stage rights to the studio.
A spokeswoman for Warner Bros. said, “We are looking into Broadway,” but added that she had not heard of the “Witches” project. Greg Maday, Warner Bros.’ lieutenant in charge of Broadway theatrical development, could not be reached at press time.