AceShowbiz - A planned Broadway adaptation of "To Kill A Mockingbird" is back on track after producer Scott Rudin settled a legal dispute with estate officials for late author Harper Lee. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin had been recruited to pen a new stage version of Lee's beloved 1960 novel, ahead of a November launch for previews, but production hit a snag in March after executors for Lee's estate filed a court complaint, claiming the script strays too far from the original storyline, thus violating an agreement Lee reached with producers before she died in 2016.
Rudin filed his own suit against Lee's representatives in a bid to stop them from trying to kill his Broadway project, but on Thursday, May 10, it was announced the fall out had been resolved - just three weeks before the case was due to go to trial.
In a joint statement, the two parties declared they had "amicably settled ongoing litigation," allowing the play to start previews at the Shubert Theater on November 1, reports Deadline.
Jeff Daniels will star as lead character Atticus Finch, with Bartlett Sher directing the play, which will open on December 13.