EXCLUSIVE: Producer Charlie Lyons and director Jay Russell, who’ve teamed on The Water Horse and Ladder 49, have partnered with Homeland actor Tim Guinee to bring the famed noir short story Rear Window (It Had To Be Murder) to the Broadway stage. The trio worked for two years to land theatrical stage rights to the 1942 story by Cornell Woolrich, which most famously was turned into the classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock thriller. James Stewart played the wheelchair-bound photographer who spies on his neighbors and believes he has witnessed a murder from his window. Although Broadway rights in this story have been repeatedly sought over the years from the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust and its predecessors, this is the first option ever granted. The deal was negotiated on behalf of the producers by APA and their attorneys Jackoway Tyreman.
I'll admit, with my head hanging low, I haven't seen the film of Rear Window in one sitting. I have however, heard of it and admired it from afar. This is extremely exciting to me that it'll be coming to Broadway! I can't wait to see how they'll transform the story for the stage!
What do you think about this news? How would you like to see the production? Who should star in it?