*Alcon has acquired rights to the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” and will bring it to the big screen, likely through Warner Bros, where Alcon is based, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mark Gordon and Molly Smith are producing the film, which revolves around the relationship between a white radio DJ and an African American aspiring singer in segregated Tennessee in the 1950s.
Joe DiPietro, who wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics with David Bryan, will pen the script. Its 1,166-performance Broadway run ended earlier this year. It was first staged in 2003 at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass., and TheatreWorks in Mountain View, Calif. It opened on Broadway on Oct. 19, 2009, and won four Tony Awards including best musical in 2010.The production is now touring the United States.
The stage version of Memphis is loosely based on disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.