Hidden Figures, the 2016 film about Black women working at NASA in the 1960s, is one of the movies The Walt Disney Company obtained from 20th Century Fox, and now The House of Mouse is turning it into a musical.
Deadline has reported that Disney wants to assemble a team of Black creatives for the project. The film was directed by Theodore Melfi, a white man.
Apparently, the musical has been ticking away quietly for a few years, but now veteran Black film critic Elvis Mitchell has been brought on board as a creative consultant so it looks like work is ramping up.
The rest of the production team, casting and a premiere date are still to be decided.
The film starred Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions, Octavia Spencer as NASA supervisor and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monáe as NASA engineer Mary Jackson.
Back in 2018, it was announced that a Hidden Figures TV series was in the works for National Geographic, but we've not heard anything about it since then.
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