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Brokeback Mountain to be turned into a play for the first time

Brokeback Mountain to be turned into a play for the first time

The Brokeback Mountain film is now 10 years old

Brokeback Mountain is to be adapted as a play for the first time, with production currently in development.

News of the new version of Annie Proulx’s story coincides with the 10 year anniversary of the hit film, which starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Producer Tom O’Connel made the announcement today that he had acquired the stage rights to the story. It will be staged in London in 2016.

The film famously won three awards at the 2005 Oscars – but was overlooked for Best Picture in favor of Crash. It has previously been turned into an opera.

O’Connell said, ‘I am honored to bring Annie Proulx’s beloved story to the stage as a new play that celebrates her compelling writing and will bring a new perspective on this heart-warming tale of an unbreakable bond.’

He added: ‘I’ve been extremely lucky in my career to produce plays which challenge, inspire and educate as much as they entertain; the struggles that the characters of Brokeback Mountain go through are still present in the world today, making the piece as relevant as ever. I am very much looking forward to working alongside Annie with a first-class creative team to bring Jack and Ennis’ story to new audiences.’

But there is no guarantee – the same producers and promoters tried to revive classic British gay play Beautiful Thing this year but ran out of money. The show was cancelled before it hit the West End and the company behind it went bust, leaving debts behind it.