Producer Charlie Lyons and director Jay Russell have nabbed the theatrical rights to Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story, "It Had to Be Murder." Contemporary audiences will likely be more familiar with the title Rear Window - this short was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic, which starred James Stewart and Grace Kelly.
Lyons and Russell are teamed with actor Tim Guinee (Iron Man, John Carpenter's Vampires) to bring the noir tale to the stage. This is the first time stage rights have been granted for the short, after two years of negotiations.
Interestingly, Lyons's current show is the cheerleader musical Bring It On.