Come From Away creators turning musical into a movie

Canadian husband-and-wife writing duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein — who penned the book, music and lyrics — will adapt the feature screenplay.

Irene Sankoff and David Hein, creators of Come From Away, at a Toronto event last spring to announce that the hit musical will be returning to town this season. The pair are also developing a screenplay based on the show. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

LOS ANGELES—The hit homegrown musical Come From Awayis getting the big-screen treatment.

The Mark Gordon Company says it will produce and finance a feature film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning show.

Canadian husband-and-wife writing duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein — who penned the book, music and lyrics — will also adapt the feature screenplay.

The show is set in Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The remote town provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes that were diverted when U.S. air space was closed.

After being staged in several cities, including Toronto, the show began performances on Broadway in February.

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