The look at the pop singer-songwriter’s rise to fame and off-stage triumphs and tragedies will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who is also the writer of the musical’s book.
Most importantly, Sony Pictures has obtained the rights to use King’s songs, as well as life rights from King and others featured in the show. The soundtrack will be a big attraction for the film, as it represents a tapestry of American popular culture and boasts such hits as “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”
The film will be produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone banner and by Paul Blake, who also produced the stage show. Sherry Kondor and Christine Russell will executive produce.
“Beautiful” has been playing on Broadway since January 2014 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two, including one for Jessie Mueller’s performance as King.