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By Tim Sandle     Jul 13, 2013 in Entertainment
20th Century Fox has joined forces with a Broadway producer with a plan to turn several of its hit films into musicals and shows.
Hollywood film studio 20th Century Fox has teamed up with Kevin McCollum, the producer behind Broadway hits Rent and Avenue Q, with plans to take certain movies and develop them into musicals and stage shows. The move into musicals might be down to the success of Disney, where the The Lion King has just made, the LA Times reports, more than $1 billion from stage shows alone.
The initial plan, according to the New York Times, is for some nine to twelve movies to be developed into musicals. At the moment, no movies-to-shows have been announced. Fox's back catalog includes Star Wars, Home Alone and Avatar.
Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos is quoted by the BBC as saying: "For years we have been eager to expand our entertainment expertise to the world of live stage. But we wanted to do it right and, most importantly, with the right people."
The Fox news comes on top of an announcement by Sony Pictures Entertainment to mount stage versions of the studio’s films. The first project is a musical adaptation of the 1982 Dustin Hoffman comedy Tootsie.
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