‘Mean Girls the Musical’ Film Adaptation Finds Its Directors – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Husband-wife team Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne have signed on to direct the film adaptation of Mean Girls the Musical for supreme players. The film will be produced by Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey with a screenplay by Fey and music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin, who made the music for the Broadway production.
Erin David, Caroline Maroney and Micah Frank supervise for Broadway Video and Eric Gurian for Little Stranger.
While details of this latest adaptation are being kept under wraps, the movie that started it all was written by Fey and starred Fey, Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams in a high school comedy about a new girl who fits the A-clique. list at her new school only to slowly turn on her after falling in love with the leader’s ex-boyfriend.
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The Fey script will then be adapted to the Broadway level and will benefit from a musical upgrade, this version also being produced by Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman and Paramount Pictures. Casey Nicholaw directed it and took care of the choreography.
Sources say this film became a priority for Executives at Players after Perez and Jayne gave a strong presentation of what the adaptation could look like. Sources claim that only their pitch still had a deep love and respect for the original film, but that they also brought their own approach by subtly updating this story without removing the original, which ultimately sealed the agreement that they land the coveted position.
Given that this is the duo’s first feature film in a studio, it fits with Paramount Players continuing to monitor emerging talent in the directing world who recently brought in Lindsey Beer to helm the new. Pet Sematist prequel as well as Sanaa Lathan being asked to make her directorial debut on the film To come up.
While this marks the first time Perez and Jayne have directed a film, the duo have built a fairly large fan base as their collaborations span film, music videos, and television. More recently, they co-created Poetry Quarter of Life, which premiered at Sundance and then aired on FX on Hulu. Perez and Jayne are replaced by UTA, and Annie Lee and Daniel Passman at Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman.