The Prince and The Dressmaker, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel by cartoonist Jen Wang, is coming to the big screen as a movie musical. Playbill reports that Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez, the creative team behind the scores for Frozen, Coco, and Frozen 2, will team with playwright Amy Herzog and producer Marc Platt to bring the YA graphic novel to the screen.
Released by First Second Books in early 2018, The Prince and The Dressmaker tells the story of Sebastian, a french prince who secretly dons dresses and wigs and sneaks out to enjoy the Parisian night life as fashion icon Lady Crystallia, and Frances, Sebastian’s dressmaker and best friend. When Frances wants to reveal herself as the person behind Crystallia’s dresses, she worries about hurting Sebastian, whose parents are working on finding him a wife. The Prince and The Dressmaker tied for Best Children or Young Adult Book at the 2018 Harvey Awards, and won Best Publication for Teens at the 2019 Eisners. Wang also netted a Best Writer/Artist Eisner that same year for her work on the book.
The film rights to Wang’s graphic novel were acquired by Platt and Universal back in 2018, shortly after the book’s release. Obviously this is still early days, and the gears of Hollywood move slowly, but having a team like the Lopezes — both of whom are Oscar winners and one of whom, Bobby, is a multiple EGOT winner — on-board for this adaptation is a big step.