Pretty Woman: Hollywood Broadway Connection

Director Gary Marshall hopes to get “Pretty Woman,” the 1990 hit that launched Julia Roberts to mega-stradom, to the stage.

Marshall and J.F. Lawton, who penned the movie’s screenplay, are writing the book of the musical. Paula Wagner, whose legit credits include last season’s Jessica Chastain starrer “The Heiress,” will produce.

There’s no composer, lyricist or stage helmer attached yet, and the above trio are looking for the creatives to fill those roles.   No production timeline for “Pretty Woman” has been set.

A stage version of movie has been rumored since 2001, with Marshall mentioned as part of the team shepherding the picture to Broadway.

A musical adaptation of “Pretty Woman,” about a ruthless lawyer who falls in love with the prostitute he hires to escort him to business events, would trade on the audience familiarity and affection for the Hollywood title.

It’s also another updated twist on a Cinderella story, which has become a popular foundation for Broadway tuners lately, including the current revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” as well as “Ever After,” a musical version of the Fox film, which gets a tryout run at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse next season.