‘The King of Comedy’ Broadway Musical Adaptation Signs ‘Hedwig & the Angry Inch’ Composer, ‘Rock of Ages’ Writer

Stephen Trask and Chris D’Arienzo will take on adaptation of the cult film classic

“Hedwig & The Angry Inch” composer Stephen Trask and “Rock of Ages” writer Chris D’Arienzo have signed on to New Regency’s Broadway musical adaptation of the 1982 film “The King of Comedy.”

The original film, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, followed a comedian who stalks and kidnaps a late-night talk show host in an attempt to land a TV appearance. The film was produced by New Regency and company founder Arnon Milchan.

“We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this classic film, with its quirky characters and contemporary themes surrounding fame and celebrity, to the Broadway stage,” said Bill Weiner, who is overseeing the project for New Regency.

“To get asked by New Regency, one of the most consequential film companies ever, to make a musical with my friend Chris D’Arienzo, out of what might be the greatest movie ever, is one of the most exciting opportunities to come my way,” said Trask. “And, we didn’t have to kidnap anybody to make it happen.”

“I am beyond thrilled to work with Stephen and New Regency to bring Rupert Pupkin’s toxic fantasy world to the stage,” said D’Arienzo. “The film is an absolute classic and it is an honor to explore this timely and twisted view of ‘fame obsession’ with such talented and thoughtful collaborators.”

Trask and D’Arienzo are represented by CAA and Trask is managed by Steven Saporito.