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'The Color Purple' Broadway Musical to Get Movie Adaptation

'The Color Purple' Broadway Musical to Get Movie Adaptation Photo: Matthew Murphy ...

'The Color Purple' Broadway Musical to Get Movie Adaptation

Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo in "The Color Purple"

Photo: Matthew Murphy

Warner Bros. is developing the Tony Award-winning stage musical version of ‘The Color Purple’ into a movie-musical, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Scott Sanders, who produced the Tony-winning Broadway version, will produce the big-screen musical with Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones. Spielberg is back as well, as producer. The project is in the early stages of development and is currently out to writers.

Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, the story centers on a black woman named Celie, who grows up in intense poverty in the American South and endures harsh treatment from her stepfather, husband and others in her life, which tests her faith in God and humankind. Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, becoming the first black woman to do so.

Also Read: 'The Color Purple' Broadway Review: Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo Lead Sexy Revival

The book was previously adapted as a 1985 feature film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg in her film debut as Celie. It received 11 Oscar nominations, including best actress for Goldberg, but was shut out.

The 2005 Broadway musical, with a book by playwright Marsha Norman, earned 11 Tony nomination but didn’t win best musical. The 2016 revival won two Tonys, including best musical revival, as well as both a Grammy and an Emmy. The musical has grossed more than $350 million.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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    20. "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) - $57.3 million

    Baz Luhrmann didn't invent the jukebox musical, but his film's exuberant, garish mash-up of original songs with everything from Christina Aguilera to David Bowie to Rodgers & Hammerstein certainly helped popularize it for the 21st century.

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    19. "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) - $67.1 million

    Sissy Spacek played the legendary country singer Loretta Lynn in Michael Apted's biopic that went on to be one of the Top 10 box office hits of 1980 and a Best Picture nominee.

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    Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton starred in this adaptation of a stage hit about a sheriff fighting to keep a local brothel open after it's called out by a TV reporter. The film performed well enough at the box office to knock the long-running "E.T." from the No. 1 spot.

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    17. "Ray" (2004) - $75.3 million

    Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for capturing the mannerisms of Ray Charles on stage, and though Foxx can sing himself, all the songs are Charles' original vocals.

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    16. "Annie" (2014) - $85.9 million

    Instead of the freckled red head, the modern update to "Annie" starred "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis in the lead role alongside Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx.

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    15. "The Muppets" (2011) - $88.6 million

    The Muppets had a big box office slump in the '90s and disappeared entirely in the 2000s. Jason Segel's musical helped make them relevant again.

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    14. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" (2008) - $90.5 million

    The first two "High School Musical" films were such massive, surprise hit TV movies on the Disney Channel that they went all out for a theatrically released threequel that made over $90 million.

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    13. "Dreamgirls" (2006) - $103.3 million

    Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her work in this Broadway-based drama about a trio of female soul singers who rose to the top of the charts. The cast included Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Anika Noni Rose and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

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    12. "Hairspray" (2007) - $118.8 million

    It's the film adaptation of the stage musical adaptation of John Waters' campy kitsch movie, and somehow, Adam Shankman's film not only turned out to be a hit, it was a joyous, colorful and fun experience that critics loved, even with John Travolta dressed in drag.

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    Meryl Streep and Chris Pine stole the show in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical sending up classic fairy tales.

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    7. "Les Misérables" (2012) - $148.8 million

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Who said the musical is dead? The last 40 years have produced box office hits out of film adaptations of Broadway smashes, original movie musicals and a few, beloved, all-time classics. Here are the 20 top-grossing live-action movie musicals of the last 40 years based on domestic box office. (All figures courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo)

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