Trio of producers acquire stage rights
Film producers Charlie Lyons, director Jay Russell and thesp Tim Guinee (“Revolution”) have teamed to pick up the first-class stage rights to “Rear Window” with an eye toward adapting the title for Broadway.No helmer or writer is yet attached to the project, nor is a timeline set. Lyons (“The Water Horse”), a producer of several outings in the “Bring It On” franchise and a member of the producing team of the current Rialto tuner version of property, has produced pics including “Ladder 49,” the 2004 firefighter tale helmed by Russell (“Tuck Everlasting”). Guinee was among the cast of that film as well. Short story “Rear Window,” also called “It Had to Be Murder” and the inspiration for the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie, was written in 1942 by Cornell Woolrich. The option reps the first time stage rights, currently held by Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, have been granted for the title. Thriller’s familiar storyline centers on an man who, wheelchair-bound in his apartment while recuperating from an injury, believes he’s observed evidence of a neighborhood murder. Iconic films, often tapped for musicals adaptations, have in recent years also become more frequent fodder for plays. Later this season a stage version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” lands on the Rialto in a legit incarnation adapted by scribe Richard Greenberg.