‘Once on this Island’ Movie Musical Announced

Once on this Island
the cast of Once on this Island's Broadway revival; photo by Joan Marcus

After releasing the filmed version of Hamilton, Disney+ is now developing a film adaptation of Once on this Island.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, playwright Jocelyn Bioh is set to pen the script, while Wanuri Kahiu will direct the movie musical. It is adapted from the Broadway musical which first opened in 1990, based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. Marc Platt is set to produce.

Featuring music by Stephen Flaherty and book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Once on this Island is the story of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who is in search of her place in the world, ready to risk everything for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, she goes on a journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.


The musical was nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1991. It returned to Broadway in 2017, featuring Lea Salonga as Erzulie, where it garnered 8 Tony nominations and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2018.

Casting and a production timeline have yet to be announced.

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