Willis will play a popular novelist who is rescued from a car accident and held captive by his number one fan (Marvel). William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for the 1990 movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel, pens the script, with Will Frears directing.
Frears previously staged the show in the play’s world premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse in 2012. Johanna Day and Daniel Gerroll starred.
“Misery” is the latest Broadway endeavor for Warner Bros.’ theater arm, which has ramped up development in recent seasons. Warner Bros. Theater Ventures is one of the producers of current play hit “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” and also produced the West End musical version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Other projects in the works for the stage include “Dave” and “Beetlejuice.”
Marvel (“House of Cards,” “Law & Order: SVU”) returns to Broadway in “Misery” after appearing in shows including “Other Desert Cities” and “Top Girls.”
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Castle Rock Entertainment’s movie version of “Misery,” directed by Rob Reiner, won an Oscar for Kathy Bates, who starred opposite James Caan.
The Broadway version of “Misery” is produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures (Mark Kaufman), Castle Rock Entertainment (Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer) and Raymond Wu.
The production will play a limited run in fall 2015. Exact dates and theater have yet to be set.