Matilda composer Tim Minchin's next musical will an adaptation of a "much-loved" film, the comedian has revealed.
Talking to the Sydney Sunday Telegraph's art editor Jo Litson, the Oliver award-winner said that he would be renewing his collaboration with Matilda director Matthew Warchus on the new musical, full details of which are "still embargoed".
Speculation about Minchin's next project has been rife, following the success of Matilda, which won a record-breaking seven Olivier awards last year.
"I've been working on it for six months," Minchin explained, "But it's a very interesting, arty but much-loved early-90s film we are adapting for the stage."
Though he refused to be drawn on details, Minchin described the source material as "very conceptual, somewhat Stoppardian. It will be more complex and dark [than Matilda]."
The latest hints suggest a change of direction from the songwriter, who had previously suggested that his follow-up would be "an original story," rather than an adaptation. Last year, Minchin told the Evening Standard that he planned to defy the advice of several musical heavyweights to pen something from scratch.
"Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and Cameron Mackintosh have all told me to my face I should concentrate on classic stories, and that makes me want to ignore them," he said, before describing the project as "a musical I've been thinking about since I was 18."
"Even though I am working on it with Matthew Warchus, who was the architect and director of Matilda, we are going to try and start it quietly," the comedian added.
Minchin, who is about to star in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for Sydney Theatre Company, also let slip that Matilda was confirmed for an Australian production. "The plan is for it to open in Melbourne in September 2015," he said.
An RSC spokesperson added: "As previously announced, the producers of Matilda the Musical are indeed in ongoing talks with potential venues and producing partners with a view to opening in Australia in the second half of 2015. No further announcements will be made as negotiations are continuing."
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