In things you thought you’d never see together in the news, multi-hyphenate superstar Jennifer Lopez is teaming up with Skydance and Concord. They’ll develop original TV series and films based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein catalog.
“We’re so excited to begin our association with Skydance and Concord in reinterpreting some of the most classic musicals and bringing them to life in new ways for a new generation,” Lopez tells The Hollywood Reporter.
First on the books? Oklahoma! Of course.
Skydance has been developing a TV series based on Rodger & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! since 2019. Yes, you heard that right. You’ll be getting your dose of “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” via a modern-day TV series adaptation. But don’t expect the Oklahoma! you’re used to. Skydance has vowed to “feature music that will be reimagined for a contemporary audience as well as new tunes to support the story.”
By partnering with Lopez, it seems Skydance means it. Though we don’t know if JLo will be part of the music development of the show. Concord handles rights for a large catalog of Broadway shows. They are a current co-producer of Alanis Morrissette’s musical, Jagged Little Pill, but also count Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly!, Bye Bye Birdie, Dreamgirls, Hair, and Gypsy among the many popular shows in their catalog.
JLo has been on a hot streak. Since starring in the critically acclaimed Hustlers, she has been busy. She launched a skin care line, performed at Biden’s Presidential Inauguration, filmed a movie, broke up an engagement, and got back together with her ex, Ben Affleck. Under the current contract, Lopez has an option to star in at least one of the projects, and personally, I am daydreaming about watching JLo as Morales in A Chorus Line, but you know, Gypsy will do too.