A team of producers spearheaded by former Walt Disney Studios chairman Peter Schneider and Elisabetta di Mambro have acquired the worldwide rights to 2006 novel “Water for Elephants” with the aim of developing the property as a Broadway musical.

Sara Gruen’s novel, about a love triangle between a circus veterinarian, a star performer and her troubled husband, also inspired the 2011 movie (pictured above) that starred Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. With an elephant named Rosie playing a major role in the story, the musical version’s eventual creative team will face a considerable challenge in staging the tale.

Schneider and di Mambro will produce in association with Broadway Across America and Mehr! Entertainment. With the project still in its earliest stages, no creative team or production timeline have yet been set.