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Unstoppable 'Spectacular Now' Director James Ponsoldt to Adapt 'Pippin' for TWC

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 7, 2013 at 2:57PM

Adding to an already overstuffed plate, James Ponsoldt, director of Sundance hits "The Spectacular Now" and "Smashed," has signed on to write the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Pippin" for The Weinstein Company.
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James Ponsoldt
James Ponsoldt

Adding to an already overstuffed plate, James Ponsoldt, director of Sundance hits "The Spectacular Now" and "Smashed," has signed on to write the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Pippin" for The Weinstein Company.

Ponsoldt garnered oodles of acclaim at Sundance for "Smashed" (2012) and "Spectacular" (2013), but "Pippin" will be the director's first foray into the musical. The Weinsteins have owned the rights to Stephen Schwartz's Tony-winning "Pippin," about a prince and his magical performance troupe, since 2003 when they were still at the helm of Miramax. (The Weinsteins backed Oscar-winner "Chicago.")

"The Spectacular Now" went to A24 for distribution this summer after debuting at Sundance (our TOH! review is here). "Pippin" is currently running in revival on Broadway, with 10 Tony Award nominations under its belt.

TWC certainly has their sights on Ponsoldt, as they recently enlisted him to direct and pen the adaptation of "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock," the forthcoming novel by "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick. And there's more! The increasingly prolific Ponsoldt will also adapt Julianna Baggott's post-apocalyptic YA novel "Pure" for Fox 2000. Take a breath, dude.

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