Ryan Murphy is Bringing 'The Boys in the Band' to Netflix

Thursday April 18, 2019

Ryan Murphy is already lining up his next Netflix project.

On Thursday, the producer who left Fox for a deal with Netflix last year is gearing up to transform the classic gay play "The Boys in the Band" into a movie for the streaming giant. In what was a successful limited engagement, Murphy co-produced the play on Broadway last year, which featured a full cast of out actors, all of whom will return to Murphy's Netflix movie slated for 2020.

"Last summer, 'THE BOYS IN THE BAND' were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth," Murphy wrote on Instagram. "THIS summer, 'The Boys In the Band' will be filming a Netflix movie event.

"The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of 'BOYS' was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley's seminal work," he added. "Everyone in the cast was out and proud...and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart's landmark play. ... I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for 'THE BOYS' on Netflix in 2020."

Reprising their roles from the Murphy's 2018 Broadway prosecution include Matt Bomer ("American Horror Story"), Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Zachary Quinto ("American Horror Story"), Andrew Rannels ("Girls"), Charlie Carver ("The Leftovers"), Brian Hutchison ("Madam Secretary"), Michael Benjamin Washington ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Robin de Jesús ("Law & Order: SVU"), and Tuc Watkins ("Desperate Housewives").

"The Boys in the Band," which follows a group of gay men at a birthday party in an Upper East Side apartment, first debuted Off-Broadway in 1968. In 1970, filmmaker William Friedkin turned the play into a film with actor Kenneth Nelson going on to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award at the time.

This isn't Murphy's only Broadway-to-Netflix adaptation. Last week, he revealed he's bringing the queer musical comedy "The Prom" to the streaming service as well.

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