Spider-Man Producers Set Their Sights on Rio and Chipwrecked as Their Next Broadway Hits
Plans for a Vegas sit-down for ''Spider-Man'' have also been nixed.
Now that the long-winded saga of Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark has come to an end, the producers of the storied musical — which closed after over three tumultuous years on Broadway this past January — have released more details about their new and exciting projects for the stage. Lead Spider-Man producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris are in the process of developing two new stage musicals based on the popular animated films: Their previously announced adaptation of Rio and a stage version of the sequel film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
Cohl and Harris reported to The New York Times that they are aiming to open Rio — a 2011 film about a love story between two blue macaws — in its titular Brazilian City in 2016 to coincide with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. If the run is a success, they say Broadway would be the next goal.
Meanwhile, the producers' adaptation of the 2011 film Chipwrecked is said to be slated for a U.S. tour next spring.
Amid these announcements of their new business endeavors, Cohl and Harris have also revealed that their plans to bring Broadway's late Spider-Man to Las Vegas have been canceled. The partners have instead decided to focus their energies on an arena tour for the production, expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016.
"Las Vegas was never a done deal; it's simply a market that we were exploring - among other possibilities - and still are," said Cohl in a statement. "Our favorite possibility for the future life of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark always has been the arena tour, and we are thrilled that it has materialized."