Shrek musical bound for Broadway
A musical version of animated classic Shrek is bound for Broadway with Oscar-winning Sam Mendes heading production.
Entertainment Weekly magazine reports that Mendes will lead creative control of the stage version of the 2001 film.
Mendes is an award-winning stage and film director, but will not direct the musical himself, the report says.
Jason Moore, nominated for a Tony award this year for puppet musical Avenue Q, will direct the stage version, which is due to open sometime in 2006.
The musical is being backed by film studio Dreamworks, which made the original film version.
Shrek is one of the most successful animated films of all time and tells the story of a ogre who falls in love with a princess.
A sequel was released in cinemas earlier this year.
British director Sam Mendes, speaking to the New York Times, said the studio was determined not to rush production.
''There isn't the sort of corporate pressure being exerted that this has to be done for a set pre-release date,'' he said.
Dreamworks will be hoping to ape the success enjoyed by Disney with its musical versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
''There's a supreme challenge in bringing an animated world to the stage and making it theatrical,'' Moore said in a statement released by Dreamworks.
''But what's so wonderful about Shrek is that anarchic attitude placed in a fairy-tale world that I think will thrive onstage.''