Mottola To Build 'The Wall' On Broadway
Miramax Films has pacted with Casablanca Records head Thomas Mottola to develop and produce a Broadway musical based on Pink Floyd's seminal rock opera "The Wall."Miramax Films has pacted with Casablanca Records head Thomas Mottola to develop and produce a Broadway musical based on Pink Floyd's seminal rock opera "The Wall." Roger Waters, who co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 and conceived the 1979 concept double album, will write the Broadway show's book and arrange and orchestrate music for the stage production.
The album, which includes such Pink Floyd classics as "Comfortably Numb" and "Hey You," follows the journey of disillusioned rock star Pink, who looks back at the experiences that forged his neuroses.
Rights on the project were sold by Waters to Miramax and Mottola, the former Sony Music head and founder of management and production firm the Mottola Co.
Mottola initiated the "Wall" deal, bringing Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein into the fold. Weinstein has experience as a producer on the Great White Way, having been credited on such shows as "The Producers," "Gypsy" and Baz Luhrmann's "La Boheme." He also is bringing another rock'n'roll project to Broadway with "All Shook Up."
"There are few projects as timeless as 'The Wall,'" Mottola says. "Even after two decades since its first release, 'The Wall' continues to break through every generational, socioeconomic and political boundary."
Pink Floyd's "The Wall" album is certified 23 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and sits in third place on the organization's list of best-selling albums ever. It was adapted into a 1982 MGM film starring Bob Geldof and directed by Alan Parker ("The Commitments") from a script by Waters.
Pink Floyd's theatrical live performances of "The Wall" became the stuff of rock legend, and an $8 million production was staged in Berlin in 1990.
Says Waters of the planned Broadway show, "Now I can write in some laughs, notable by their absence in the movie."