First "To Kill a Mockingbird" got a sequel, and now Harper Lee's classic novel is heading to Broadway.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 book about racism and injustice in the South will make its Broadway debut in the 2017-2018 season, producer Scott Rudin announced today. The new stage version is being written by "The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin.
Although the book was made into an Oscar-winning movie in 1962, starring Gregory Peck as the noble lawyer Atticus Finch, and has been produced for the stage in various cities including London, this will be the first time "Mockingbird" will be seen on Broadway.
Lee's novel has sold more than 50 million copies and was thought to be the author's only book until an unpublished manuscript featuring some of the same characters was found and published last year called "Go Set a Watchman."
"Watchman," described as a first draft of "Mockingbird," astounded readers and critics by portraying the heroic Finch as a racist who supported segregation.
Sorkin is best known as the creator of the Emmy-winning White House series "The West Wing" and won an Oscar for the screenplay of "The Social Network."