Jennifer Lopez, Concord and Skydance Team to Adapt Classic Musicals for TV, Film

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Jennifer Lopez attends 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 19, 2020 in Los Angeles.

The A-list actor and musician will have an option to star in one of the forthcoming productions.

Concord, Skydance and Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions (co-run by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas) have teamed to co-develop original film/TV projects based on Concord’s theatrical catalog of musicals, the companies announced Monday (July 12). Representing a wide array of classic and modern theatrical catalogs, Concord controls works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, George & Ira Gershwin and many more.

Nuyorican Productions’ Lopez, Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will act as executive producers for the projects from the partnership along with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost and Concord’s Sophia Dilley and Scott Pascucci. Lopez will also have the option to star in one of the forthcoming productions.

Though other specific details of the trio’s plans remain unclear, the partnership will follow the lead of Skydance Television and Concord’s previous partnership to co-develop the television adaptation of Oklahoma! Created by John Lee Hancock and Bekah Brunstetter, the TV series was a modern adaptation of the American classic musical, featuring songs from the original work. “It is an honor to join forces with Jennifer Lopez and Nuyorican, while broadening our partnership with Skydance,” says Dilley, senior vp film and TV development and production at Concord.

For Lopez, the new musical partnership provides Nuyorican Productions with the exciting opportunity to “[reinterpret] some of the most classic musicals and [bring] them to life in new ways for a new generation,” she says. “Musicals were a part of the tapestry of my childhood.”

Bost, president of Skydance Television, adds that their team believes Lopez is the “perfect partner to reimagine these beloved, classic musicals for a twenty-first century audience,” calling her an “international icon in every sense of the word.”