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Seidler picked up the Best Screenplay Academy Award last year (11) for the hit movie adaptation starring Colin Firth as King George VI.
He transformed his script into a stage production, which debuted in regional theatre in England earlier this month (Feb12) to much applause.
Now it has been confirmed the play will start a run in the West End after completing a national U.K. tour.
Mansfield Park actor Charles Edwards, who is playing the stammering British monarch, says, "With the film relatively fresh in the memory, one might have suspected that interest in the original play would be limited. But in fact quite the opposite seems to be the case."
The show will debut in the West End at Wyndham's Theatre on 22 March (12).
Seidler told reporters it was "the fulfilment of a very long dream" to see the period play he originally wrote for the stage brought to life in a packed theatre in Surrey, England.
Seidler won a Best Screenplay Academy Award last year (11) for the hit movie adaptation starring Colin Firth as King George VI, but he admits it was a bigger thrill to see his work debuted at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
He tells the BBC, "This is what I've always wanted. I had always envisaged the film as being something that would give me a little bit of money so I could help get this on the boards.
"I don't want to sound ungrateful, and I'm not; I'm so very pleased and happy the film did as well as it did. Winning an Oscar is just a wonderful thing to happen - certainly at my age - but this is what I wanted. This to me is more fulfilling than all the movies in the world."
The production will run at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre until 11 February (12) before touring various U.K. cities, including Nottingham, Bath, Brighton and Newcastle.
Director Tom Hooper's version of The King's Speech won four trophies, including Best Picture, at the 2011 Academy Awards, and took $414 million (£259 million) at the global box office.
Screenwriter David Seidler was handed $10,000 (£6,250) at the 37th Annual Humanitas ceremony for the historical drama, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Actor for Colin Firth in February (11).
Writer/director Thomas McCarthy also scooped a $10,000 prize for his sports drama Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti.
The writing team behind Modern Family and Friday Night Lights also took home honours at the bash, held at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in California.
The Humanitas Prize recognises film and TV writing that promotes human dignity, meaning and freedom.
The King's Speech swept almost all the big categories at the most recent Oscars ceremony, and the Tonys might be next.
The British drama -- which was originally developed as a play by screenwriter David Seidler -- is set to make a run on Broadway in the fall of 2012.
Casting is reportedly under way to find a replacement for the major roles, including that of the stammering King George VI of Britain, played by Colin Firth in the movie.
The film's director, Tom Hooper, will not be involved in the theatrical production, as he is currently prepping a(nother) big-screen version of the beloved Les Miserables.
Screenwriter David Seidler originally wrote the period piece as a play and now it's destined for the theatre, according to Showbiz411.com.
Reports suggest the project will open at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theater - just miles away from Grayshott in Surrey, where The King's Speech star and Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth was born.
The play will then move to London's West End in March (12) before heading for Broadway at the end of the year.
Oh, hey there. Here's some great news to start your day. Paramount optioned Furious Love, a book by Sam Kashner about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their "torrid and tempestuous romance that is the stuff of a Hollywood legend," as a potential directing gig for Mr. "torrid and tempestuous" himself: Martin Scorsese. According to Deadline, along with the optioning, fresh Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is rumored to play the late Hollywood icon and The King's Speech scribe David Seidler might adapt the screenplay -- and to all of this we say, "Holy shit."
Supposedly, Scorsese has been interested in helming a Hollywood drama for some time (he's currently working on a Frank Sinatra biopic and spent some earlier years in his career trying to get a Dean Martin film off the ground), but this one won't be a "biopic." He seems to be more interested in the culture and drama surrounding classic Hollywood affairs -- and boy, this one had some drama. Taylor and Burton fell in love on the set of Cleopatra in Italy, divorced their then-significant-others, were condemned by the Vatican, married in 1964, divorced ten years later, remarried one year following that, then divorced a second time, and presumedly had lots of sex throughout the whole thing. In other words -- if all of these what-ifs come together, Furious Love is going to be awesome.
The King's Speech director Tom Hooper and screenwriter David Seidler were handed the 2011 Face of Literacy Award at the Evening of Readings gala in New York City on Monday (16May11). They were handed the prize for their portrayal of stuttering royal King George VI and his journey to learn to speak.
It's a simple enough story, King George VI had a stutter that hindered his ability to speak and connect with his people in an age when the radio was quickly becoming a staple in governmental practice. Then Tom Hooper, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and writer David Seidler came together and delivered the story as a touching tale of a man who would be king and the man who helped him through one of the greatest struggles of his life. Hoping to keep that Oscar momentum going -- four little golden men should keep them in the limelight for a bit longer -- the folks behind The King's Speech are rushing to get in on shelves so you can enjoy the fantastic Best Picture and Best Actor performance at home.
The highly acclaimed film hits Blu-ray and DVD April 19 and includes commentary from director Tom Hooper, "Making of The King's Speech," and actual footage of the real King George VI. Details of the Blu-ray's other features are limited, but "many more" are promised.
The acclaimed movie won Best Picture at Hollywood's biggest prizegiving last month (Feb11), as well as Oscars for star Colin Firth, director Tom Hooper and screenwriter David Seidler.
Egan and co-producer Gareth Unwin headed to their rented house in Tinseltown to celebrate a stellar night, and his 15-month-old daughter, Lara, was handed the golden statue to pose for a picture.
But the party came to an abrupt halt when the tot dropped the prized accolade on the cement pavement, knocking off a huge chunk of gold plating.
Egan tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Like everyone else I was celebrating off in one corner of the garden with some friends when I saw my daughter looking very cute with the Oscar having her picture taken.
"And then I saw that horrific moment where the statue just fell and it didn't fall on the grass - it fell on the concrete. The horror was evident on everyone's face as they all went, 'Oh s**t.' We rushed over to look at the damage and saw a bashed head and gold plating fallen off the chest, a damaged shoulder and a dented stand.
"My first thought was 'Oh god, what is that going to look like on the mantelpiece! It is a thing of beauty and my daughter had destroyed it, albeit unwittingly. We were all terrified."
However, the problem was quickly rectified by a visit to the Academy offices in Beverly Hills the following day.
Egan adds, "They gave us a brand spanking new Oscar within minutes after a lady wearing gloves took our damaged one away."
Penned the ABC biopic about the 1970-1974 television series The Partridge Family, "Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story"
Co-wrote the television movie "Son of the Dragon" for theHallmark Movie Channel
Hired by Francis Ford Coppola to write the screenplay for "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
Scripted the British historical drama, "The King's Speech," about King George VI (played by Colin Firth) overcoming a debilitating speech impediment
Co-wrote the CBS TV-movie, "Malice in Wonderland," about Hollywood gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons
Contributed to the screenplay for the animated feature, "Quest for Camelot"
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture ("The King's Speech")
Co-wrote the animated film adaptation of the stage musical, "The King and I"
David Seidler beautifully wove the complexities of the human condition with laughter, heartache and even madness - all for the sake of storytelling. The British-American film and television writer made his mark in Hollywood with biopics like "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988) and period dramas that allowed audiences in on the lives of extraordinary people, whether members of the Royal Family, successful entrepreneurs, or adoptive parents fighting for custody. In 2010, Seidler, who suffered from a stuttering condition as a child, wrote "The King's Speech." The critically acclaimed film was based on King George VI (Colin Firth) - the successor to the royal throne who also stuttered - and the eccentric speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) who had helped the king triumph over his disability. The film was a deeply personal story that Seidler had waited his entire life to tell and one that put him on the map as one of the most prolific screenwriters of his generation.
Born in England and raised in Long Island, NY, David Seidler suffered from stuttering as a boy. He found inspiration from the wartime radio broadcasts of Britain's King George VI, who had also suffered from and overcome the same speech impediment. Seidler underwent years of speech therapy until he was 16, when his stuttering went away on its own. Now liberated, he began his career as a writer on the family adventure series "Adventures of the Seaspray" (ABC Australia, 1965-67). Seidler moved on to writing for American television, including an episode of the daytime series "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999), as well as made-for-TV films such as "Malice in Wonderland" (CBS, 1985) with Elizabeth Taylor, and the war drama "My Father, My Son" (CBS, 1988). Seidler won his first Writers Guild Award for the biopic "Onassis: The Richest Man in the World" (ABC, 1988) starring Raul Julia as the Greek shipping magnate.
Seidler made a leap to feature film writing in 1988 with "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." The Francis Ford Coppola-directed/George Lucas-produced drama followed the rise and fall of American auto designer and entrepreneur Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges), and his contributions to the automobile industry. With a knack for writing about real-life characters, Seidler penned the made-for-TV film "Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica" (ABC, 1993), based on the real-life and highly publicized court battle between a baby girl's biological parents and the couple who had raised her for over two years. Seidler also ventured into less serious projects in the late 1990s, writing scripts for animated features such as "Quest for Camelot" (1998) and "The King and I" (1999), as well as the musical comedy, "Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story" (ABC, 1999). The writer also had a long-running working relationship with the late actor David Carradine, who starred in the Seidler-penned action dramas "By Dawn's Early Light" (2000), "Son of the Dragon" (2006), and "Kung Fu Killer" (2008).
Even though Seidler overcame stuttering as a teen, the agony of growing up with the condition remained with him and continued to haunt him for most of his life. He found an opportunity to release his emotional battle with his childhood disability by writing "The King's Speech," a historical drama about Prince Albert (Colin Firth), whose stuttering troubled him as he prepared to take on the British throne. Geoffrey Rush played the speech therapist who helped the prince overcome his crippling stammer in time for his crowning as King George VI. "The King's Speech" premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival and received a standing ovation. Seidler later revealed in interviews that it was a profound moment for someone who grew up with a stuttering condition, and for the first time in his life, he felt as if his true voice had finally been heard. The film received rave reviews from audiences and critics who called it a frontrunner for winning major award shows. For his brilliant writing of "The King's Speech," Seidler earned a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay.
David Seidler suffered from a speech impediment as a child.