Julia Roberts' Sleeper Hit 'Wonder' to Be Turned Into A Musical for Broadway

Speaking about his collaboration with producer Jill Furman for the theater adaptation, author R.J. Palacio admits he is 'beyond happy and grateful' for the opportunity.

AceShowbiz - Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson's touching 2017 movie "Wonder" is heading to Broadway as a stage musical.

R.J. Palacio's novel about a boy born with facial differences was adapted for the big screen and now the writer has teamed with Broadway producer Jill Furman to develop his story for the stage.

"I am beyond happy and grateful that 'Wonder' is being adapted for theatre by this incredible team," Palacio said in a statement. "What I've always loved the most about musical theatre is its timelessness, its ability to resonate around the world and across generations."

"That 'Wonder' and its message of kindness is to become part of that canon for the ages is, quite literally, a dream come true."

"RJ's indelible characters leapt off the page and I wept through the movie," Furman explains. "I couldn't help but feel there was a musicality to the characters' voices and their story. At a time when otherness is under attack, 'Wonder' celebrates difference in a beautiful way that we should all admire and emulate."

The 2017 Lionsgate movie was a sleeper hit, grossing $300 million (£230 million) worldwide.

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