According to Daily Variety, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) is heading up a Broadway stage adaptation of DreamWorks’ Shrek film property. Mendes will oversee the New York production through his Scamp Film & Theater shingle before turning it over to Jason Moore, the Tony-nominated director of the puppet musical, Avenue Q, in 2006.
In leaping from the screen to the Great White Way, Shrek follows in the footsteps of such Disney animated features as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Both of those stage adaptations met with enormous success on both coasts and are currently running.
Bill Damaschke, head of creative production for DreamWorks Animation and a producer of Shark Tale, is listed as the studio supervisor. Developmental readings are expected to begin next year.
Moore is also developing a live-action musical based on Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame for ABC and Mendes is set to direct a screen version of Christopher Bond’s musical thriller, Sweeny Todd.