If you have not read the book, probably you have followed Beth Harmon's story in the successful Netflix series 'The Queen's Gambit' where an orphan little girl is a prodigy at chess. Struggling with addictions and personal life, in the end, she becomes the world chess champion. The actress who incarnates Beth Harmon is Anya Taylor-Joy. The book was written by Walter Tevis, who also wrote “The Hustler” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth,”, both adapted to films and this last one also has a stage show. Now has been revealed that this story will be adapted into a musical stage show.
"It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing The Queen's Gambit to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theater," said Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and producer Julia Dunetz in a statement. "Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story's inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon's journey and ultimate triumph. The story is a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity, and we're looking forward to moving the project forward."
No wonder this series is on everyone's eye. 'The Queen's Gambit' became Netflix’s most-watched scripted miniseries with over 62 million viewers in the first month and for sure it will be a total success as a musical. The series won two Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday for Best Limited Series and Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy, and it also received two Golden Globes last month.
According to Variety, the deal was brokered on Tevis Family Trust by Susan Schulman of the Susan Schulman Literary Agency, New York, and Rachel Gould on behalf of Level Forward. Level Forward created in 2018, has acquired the theatrical stage rights. The company is behind 37 Tony nominations including “Oklahoma!” “What the Constitution Means to Me,” “Jagged Little Pill” and “Slave Play.” The company also produced and financed movies such as “The Assistant,” “Holler,” “On the Record” and “Rebel Hearts.” No director or cast has been revealed whatsoever.
Let's remember that before the series's release, many years back, the now-late Heath Ledger wanted to direct a film about this story. “Many directors have tried to make it. Heath Ledger was set to direct this as a film a few years before he died. This was going to be his directing debut," series writer and director Scott Frank told Forbes, adding, "It fell through because it just wasn't the type of movie being made at the time."