Max Martin Musical and ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ Stage Musical in the Works

Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page’s Ley Line Entertainment will also co-produce director David Lowery’s “The Green Knight” movie based on the Arthurian legend

Producers Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page have teamed up to open Ley Line Entertainment, a content development, production and financing company with projects spanning film, TV and stage.

Among the first projects are two stage productions: a musical based on the chart-topping catalog of Swedish hit-maker Max Martin that’s bound for London’s West End in November 2019. Martin first rose to prominence in the late 1990s with songs for Britney Spears (“…Baby One More Time”), The Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”) and Bon Jovi (“It’s My Life”).

Headington and Page are also working on a stage musical based on Brian Selznick’s illustrated children’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which was previously adapted into the 2011 Martin Scorsese film “Hugo” (which Headington produced).

Selznick is writing the libretto, though no composer is yet attached.

“It’s one of the projects I’ve remained the most fond of in my career, and I still feel a deep personal attachment to the story,” Headington said in a statement. “Brian is truly a genius and the stage seemed like a natural progression for his work.”

The duo, who produced Paul Harrill’s upcoming Sundance 2019 NEXT entry “Light From Light,” are also co-financing and co-producing “The Old Man & the Gun” director David Lowery’s upcoming “The Green Knight,” a re-telling of the Arthurian legend in development with A24 and BRON.

Other upcoming Ley Line projects include Brent Wilson’s untitled documentary about Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson (no relation), which is now in postproduction; an adaptation of Ronlyn Domingue’s novel “The Mercy of Thin Air;” and a film based on Atmos Games’ award-winning indie game “Pinstripe.”

In addition to “Hugo,” Headington has financed and produced such films as “The Young Victoria,” “Argo” and “World War Z.” Page is a former music industry and advertising executive who oversaw the career development of artists such as Britney Spears, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake and Backstreet Boys.

“We started this company in order to foster both new and established talent while telling unique and meaningful stories across a broad range of mediums,” Headington said. “I’m looking forward to embarking on a long and creative partnership with Theresa.”

“Tim and I have diverse and complementary professional backgrounds and artistic tastes,” Page said. “I feel really good about the current lineup of projects we have and I’m excited to find and support the next generation of artists.”

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