Ryan Murphy announced on Wednesday that he will produce a film adaptation of “The Boys in the Band” for Netflix that will feature the full cast of the 2018 Broadway revival.
Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, is directing the film. Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison are all reprising their roles in the film.
Murphy will produce with David Stone and Ned Martel. Netflix is aiming to release the film in 2020.
“The Boys in the Band” premiered as an off-Broadway play in 1968 written by Mart Crowley. The production was considered groundbreaking for queer culture in its portrayal of gay life. The play follows a group of gay men gathered together in an Upper East Side Manhattan apartment for a birthday party. Slowly however as the men become more inebriated, their humor turns harsher and the cracks in their friendship begin to show.
Mantello revived the play for its 50th anniversary in May 2018, and it ran at the Booth Theater through Aug. 31.
“The Broadway cast of ‘BOYS’ was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work,” Murphy said on Instagram. “Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play.”
Murphy has several other projects cooking at Netflix, including a musical comedy series “The Politician” featuring Ben Platt, a prequel to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched, and an adaptation of the musical “The Prom.”
Check out Murphy’s Instagram post announcing “The Boys in the Band” film adaptation below:
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Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event. The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley's seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart's landmark play. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film. I can't wait to be on set with Joe and Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.