Here at RetroEnt, we don’t shy away from the fact that we love to settle down with a good ol’ book at the end of the day. Nope, we are bookworms and proud! Yet, we wouldn’t be one of the leading retro entertainment websites (*wink*) without holding a few of the classics in our hearts. Published in 1960, this book is one of the most famous books in the library of life, and it’s our pleasure to tell you that To Kill A Mockingbird will finally become Broadway show after an intense legal dispute.
With a Pulitzer Prize to its name, To Kill A Mockingbird is a staple in English Literature classes all across the world, and those who truly love literature will still pick it up every year and give Atticus Finch another chance to tell his story. Thanks to its impressive place in history, filmmakers and playwrights alike have spent their whole lives trying to turn this incredible novel into something new – and some have succeeded. Yet, when the writer of movies such as Molly’s Game, The West Wing, and The Social Network, wanted to turn the story into a Broadway production, he found his efforts thwarted. Yep, Aaron Sorkin’s wasn’t just hit with a huge budget or trouble finding his leading man – this guy was also faced with an intense lawsuit that threatened his whole production.
In March 2018, Sorkin’s was gearing up to give Atticus Finch his spotlight on Broadway when he was hit with a lawsuit from Harper Lee’s estate. They stated that:
Mr. Sorkin’s adaptation deviates too much from the novel, and violated a contract, between Ms. Lee and the producers, which stipulated that the characters and plot must remain faithful to the spirit of the book.
When this first came to press, To Kill A Mockingbird fans across the world began to think that their dreams of seeing the story play out before their very eyes had come to an end – but all was not lost! In recent days, it has been confirmed that Harper Lee’s estate and the Sorkin’s production company have settled their disagreement away from the courts and that the show will now go on.
The play will debut onto the stage at the Schubert Theatre in New York and will be set to open in mid-December. Well, we know what we want for Christmas…