Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Follies’ in the Works as a Movie From Heyday, BBC Films

Variety | 11/14/2019 | Leo Barraclough
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David Heyman’s Heyday Films, whose credits include “Gravity,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Marriage Story” and the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, and BBC Films have secured the film rights to Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical “Follies.”

“Follies” will be adapted for the screen and directed by Dominic Cooke, a four-time Olivier Award winner, who directed the critically acclaimed 2017 revival of “Follies” at London’s National Theatre, which won best musical revival at the Oliviers, and returned this year due to popular demand. Cooke also directed the film “On Chesil Beach,” starring Saoirse Ronan, and the BAFTA nominated TV series “The Hollow Crown.”

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Based on the book by Goldman, and with music and lyrics by Sondheim, “Follies” features classic songs including “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here” and “Losing My Mind.” It first appeared on Broadway in 1971, going on to be nominated for 11 Tony Awards and winning seven.

The action takes place in New York in 1971 when the performers who made...
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