Nine-time Tony nominee Kathleen Marshall has signed on to helm the as-yet-untitled project about people on the "underside of the American Dream."
"Jack & Diane," John Mellencamp's little ditty 'bout star-crossed lovers in a small town, has a playwright and a Tony Award winner lined up to direct and choreograph the hit song's previously-teased transformation into a staged musical.
Republic Records, Federal Films and Universal Music Theatricals announced on Wednesday that a musical written by Mellencamp (music/lyrics) and Naomi Wallace (book) is officially in development, with Kathleen Marshall, winner of three Tonys out of nine nominations, signed on to direct and choreograph.
The UMG companies do not mention by name the classic song, released in 1982 back when Mellencamp was known professionally as "John Cougar," but the artist already discussed wanting to "mount 'Jack & Diane' as a Broadway musical" in a December 2018 interview on NBC's Today show. A rep for Republic confirmed this is the same project, but noted a title has not been chosen. More details will be announced in the fall.