Stephen King‘s 1987 novel Misery, which was adapted into the hit 1990 movie, will be turned into a new play, with Bruce Willis set to make his Broadway debut alongside theater favorite Elizabeth Marvel. Bruce Willis will play novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by a nurse named Annie Wilkes (Elizabeth Marvel), who just happens to be the author’s biggest fan. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in the feature adaptation, which also starred James Caan as Paul Sheldon.
William Goldman, who wrote the feature screenplay adaptation, is writing the script for this play, which will be directed by Will Frears. The director previously staged the world premiere of his Misery stage adaptation in 2012 at the Bucks County Playhouse. Johanna Day and Daniel Gerroll starred as Annie and Paul in that production.
The play is being produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures’ Mark Kaufman, Castle Rock Entertainment’s Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer, along with Raymond Wu. The play will open in a limited run sometime in the fall of 2015. This is just the latest movie-to-stage production mounted by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, which has also put on stage adaptations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and others in the works such as Dave and Beetlejuice.
On the big screen, Bruce Willis recently starred in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Vice. He will next be seen in Rock the Kasbah, Extraction and Wake. Would you be interested in a night at the theater to see Bruce Willis as Paul Sheldon in Misery? Let us know what you think below.
Misery was released November 30th, 1990 and stars James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis, Clayton Moore, Thomas Brunelle. The film is directed by Rob Reiner.