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Tim Minchin reveals Matilda movie could be released in 2018

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Composer Tim Minchin has revealed that a film version of the musical Matilda could be completed by 2018.

Minchin also admitted that he was feeling a pressure regarding his upcoming show Groundhog Day, and said that it would be “devastating” if it was not a success.

The singer and songwriter was speaking at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, where he performed a number from Groundhog Day and spoke about plans for Matilda.

He said that pre-production on a Matilda film was underway and that he would like the film to be completed by 2018.

“We didn’t want to rush it as we wanted it to be known as a theatre piece. We didn’t want people going to the theatre saying: ‘Oh it’s the musical of that movie.’ You want people seeing the film saying: ‘It’s the movie of that musical,’” he said.

He added: “There is pre-production going on right now and I would like to see it by 2018.”

Minchin also said he would consider writing new material for the film, which will be directed by the stage musical’s director, Matthew Warchus, and have a book by Dennis Kelly.

“Apparently you have to add a new song otherwise you can’t win an Oscar,” he joked, adding: “I would not do that for a reason like that, but if the movie asks for a new song I will write a new song.”

He also talked about casting for the film, and said Miss Trunchbull, unlike in the stage show, would not necessarily need to be played by a man.

“It’s a logistical choice for the show, as you want a tall actor who can swing a child and jump over a vault. They have to be strong. Miss Trunchbull as a man is about having to do eight shows a week, doing that physical stuff,” he said.

Speaking about Groundhog Day, which opens at the Old Vic in London next month, he admitted he was feeling a pressure about following Matilda.

“It’s hard not to say: ‘Fuck, a lot of people have put their chips down on the table for my work,’” he said, claiming he was more “heavily invested” in this show than Matilda.

“It’s really cool. I think it might be really good,” he said, but added: “With Matilda I wrote all the songs quite quickly and got back on tour. Now all my eggs are in these long-term baskets and there is no shrugging it off. It has to work or it will be devastating.”

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