Tony-winning director and producer James D. Stern, whose theater credits include Lucky Guy and Hairspray, has acquired the rights to Matthew Quick’s novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, and plans to turn it into a Broadway musical.
The book was previously adapted as a 2012 film dramedy starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar for her performance, Playbill noted.
David O. Russell wrote and directed the movie about a troubled man and young widow who find new purpose in life by preparing for a Pennsylvania dance contest. Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles co-starred in the feature.
“I’ve thought Silver Linings Playbook would make a perfect musical since it was first released,” Stern told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am thrilled to now be moving ahead with wonderful creative writers to open this show on Broadway.”
Stern did not say who he would like to see play the lead roles roles of Pat and Tiffany in the stage musical.