Cameron Mackintosh Unraveling 'Web of Rights' for New OLIVER! Film Adaptation
More?! Of course we want more -- OLIVER!, that is.
The Daily Mail writes that Cameron Mackintosh is plowing ahead with a new film adaptation of the Lionel Bart musical, assuming he can get all the proper permissions for the project. Mackintosh owns most of the stage rights to the show and has been rooting out who owns the motion picture rights.
"Every time I think I've unravelled the complex web of film rights, someone else comes out of the woodwork, saying they own this or that aspect," Mackintosh told the Mail.
The 1968 version of OLIVER! won five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, the musical version premiered in the West End in 1960, followed by Broadway in 1963 and several major revivals, including 2011's UK tour.
The original film featured the musical numbers "Food, Glorious Food", "Consider Yourself", "As Long as He Needs Me", "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" and "Where Is Love?" from the stage version.
Mackintosh, world-renowned theatre producer of shows such as LES MISERABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MARY POPPINS, CATS and, of course, OLIVER! will be welcoming MISS SAIGON back to the West End this May.
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