The news we’ve been waiting five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes for (give or take a few hours) has arrived: Fox is staging a live adaptation of Rent, TVLine has learned.
Jonathan Larson’s iconic, Tony-winning rock musical — which follows a group of ragtag artists living in New York’s East Village under the shadow of AIDS — originally ran on Broadway from 1996 to 2008. With 5,123 performances under its belt, it stands as Broadway’s 11th longest-running show. In 2005, a feature film version featuring many of the original ensemble’s stars was released.
Rent: Live has big shoes to fill. Fox’s last musical event, Grease: Live, was a commercial and critical smash. It therefore bodes well that Marc Platt — one of Grease: Live‘s EPs — will serve as an exec producer on Fox’s Rent.
“We are so honored to partner with the estate of the brilliant Jonathan Larson and producer Marc Platt on one of the great musicals of our time,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox, in a statement. “The title is so iconic, the music is so beloved, and the themes are as meaningful today as they were when the show first premiered on Broadway. With Marc overseeing this project, we are sure it will have a profound impact on the legions of fans who know and love this musical.”
Fox isn’t revealing when Rent will be broadcast, but it will likely be after the network’s recently-announced live musical adaptation A Christmas Story, which is slated to premiere in December.