It may be a sanitized, sought-after tourist destination now but if Lorene Scafaria got her way, sex-fueled scandal will return to the Times Square district.
The “Hustlers” director has plans to bring her hit stripper movie to Broadway.
During a red-carpet interview before the Golden Globes, Scafaria told Variety that a musical adaptation of the film is in the works, although it’s in the very early stages.
“We’re just starting. I said it to them a few months ago that I thought it would be a good idea,” she said. “I’m trying to develop it for the stage.”
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Scafaria, who has a background as a playwright and singer, went on to say that the music for the stage show would be “a mix” of original songs and songs from the movie’s soundtrack, and it ultimately “depends on what Usher lets us do, really.”
The Grammy Award-winning superstar appears in a scene of the film — striding into the strip club, throwing hundred dollar bills in the air as his Young Jeezy collabo "Love in This Club,” blares in the background.
Based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article about scheming New York City strippers, “Hustlers" stars Jennifer Lopez and has grossed more than $157 million at the box office on a reported $20 million budget. The film also stars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B and Lizzo.
Producers of the STX Entertainment film have been hit with a $40 million lawsuit by a former stripper who claims she was exploited without compensation and is seeking to have an injunction to shut down further distribution of the film.