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Tim Minchin's MATILDA Musical Headed to the Big Screen with New Material

MATILDA THE MUSICAL is getting some new tunes for its silver screen debut! According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a movie version, for which composer/lyricist Tim Minchin is writing additional music, is currently in the works. No word yet on when the film will hit theaters or who is being considered for its brainy leading lady.

News of MATILDA on the big screen first surfaced in 2013 and had the project's opening slated for sometime in 2019, due in part to complicated contract issues which stipulate that a film version is not permitted to be released until six years after the opening of the Broadway production.

"It'll be different from what we did on stage," director Matthew Warchus told the Daily Mail back in 2013. "Matilda's imagination lends itself very much to film. We can open up her amazing acrobat stories. And there will be the conundrum of trying to capture the naughtiness and anarchy of the stage version."

A non-musical film based on Roald Dahl's classic tale hit theaters in 1996, starring Mara Wilson in the title role.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL has now received 50 awards in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and New York, and has been seen by over three million people worldwide. Sweeping the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, Matilda the Musical has gone on to take Broadway by storm winning four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role. During 2015, the London and Broadway productions of Matilda the Musical are joined by the US tour which opened in Los Angeles in May and the Australian premiere in Sydney this August.

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl's beloved book, Matilda the Musical premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, before transferring to London's West End in October 2011. The musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.

Minchin is a musician, comedian, actor, and writer, currently working on the musical adaptation of the iconic comedy film GROUNDHOG DAY, set to hit Broadway in 2017.

He wrote his first theatrical score at 17 and spent the next decade composing, acting, making theater, and playing piano. In 2005, his comic cabaret, DARK SIDE, launched him onto the international stage. In 2010, TIM MINCHIN VS. THE ORCHESTRA sold out some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Acting highlights include Judas in an arena tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Atticus Fetch on Showtime's "Californication," and a title role in Tom Stoppard's ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Last month, Tim Minchin and the cast of MATILDA performed "When I Grow Up" on CONAN. Check it out below!

Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

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