Fox will produce Rent as a live TV musical.
The cult show collected multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize when it first hit the Broadway stage.
Rent is a reimagination of Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera La Bohème.
Set in New York’s East Village, Rent tells the story of a group of seven artists struggling to follow their dream during a time of social and political turmoil, and under the shadow of the AIDS crisis.
A film adaption followed in 2005. It featured six members of the original Broadway cast, including Anthony Rapp, .
Now, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, Rent is set to make a grand return – but this time to television screens across the US.
Casting will be announced at a later date.
Rent Live will be produced by Marc Platt, who worked on La La Land, Wicked, and Fox’s production of Grease: Live.
Producing alongside him will be the estate of Rent’s composer and playwright Jonathan Larsen, who tragically died on the morning of Rent’s first off-Broadway preview.
‘Rent was Jonathan’s dream of sharing the theater and the passion he had for it with a whole new generation,’ said Julie and Al Larson, his sister and father, in a statement.
‘None of us could have imagined the massive impact that the messages and themes in Rent would have on the theater community or the world… except for Jonathan.
‘We are absolutely thrilled to be continuing Jonathan’s legacy and the still-relevant themes of the show in this way.’
Fans have already expressed worry, as a primetime TV slot means the show will need to be adapted to make it family-friendly.
If FOX messes up this live broadcast of #Rent I'm going to scream and cry bc RENT is beautiful & the message needs to be portrayed correctly
— KP (@purcell_kristen) May 12, 2017
RENT live on fox is gonna blow. They're gonna censor it so much
— bway confessions (@bwayconfesses) May 13, 2017
If #Rent is just a bunch of white people attempting to sing La Vie Boheme I will send a strongly worded hate letter to fox
— maia (@deartheododie) May 13, 2017
One positive thing about Fox's decision to do RENT: Live is that the 2005 movie will no longer be the worst filmed version of RENT.
— Wild Will Olsen (@Willpower9411) May 15, 2017
Me when Fox tries to edit or censor RENT Live. pic.twitter.com/Z6red99DXU
— Local soccer mom (@Yoursoccermom) May 13, 2017
But Dana Walden, Chairperson and CEO of Fox Television Group, aimed to reassure them.
‘I know there is a version of this show that will pay tribute to Jonathan Larson, will be true to the themes of the show,’ she told Broadway World.
‘And we’ve certainly covered similar themes in shows that we’ve presented over the years and we’re not going to shy away from it.
‘But it’s going to be something that is appropriate for our platform.’