Dog Day Afternoon

In a production that will finally give some lucky actor a chance to scream “Attica!” as loud as they can while getting paid, Warner Bros. has announced that it’s going to produce a Broadway adaptation of Sidney Lumet’s 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon. That comes from Deadline, which notes that this stage version will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, who was also behind the awesomely titled The Motherfucker With The Hat and is an executive producer on Netflix’s The Get Down.

The movie version of Dog Day Afternoon is set primarily in a Brooklyn bank that is being robbed by a group of lousy thieves, led by Al Pacino as a guy named Sonny Wortzik who wants the money to pay for his wife’s gender reassignment surgery. Deadline doesn’t have any other details about the Broadway production, but it should be reasonably easy to just take everything that happens in the movie and drop it onto a stage—which is to say that writing a Broadway production is probably very simple, a statement with which no professional playwrights could possibly disagree.

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