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`Chicago' team takes on `Nine'

April 13, 2007|John Horn

They won the best picture Oscar with 2002's blockbuster "Chicago," and now director Rob Marshall and producer Harvey Weinstein plan to adapt another hit Broadway musical for the screen. This time the production is "Nine," which won the Tony for best musical.

The Weinstein Co. said Thursday that Marshall will direct the adaptation, with Maury Yeston, the composer and lyricist for the original 1982 production, reprising his songwriting roles. A screenwriter has yet to be named; the original book was written by Arthur Kopit. John DeLuca, who worked with Marshall on "Chicago," will choreograph.

Adapted from Federico Fellini's autobiographical "8 1/2 ," "Nine" is a surreal look at the professional and personal struggles of fictional Italian filmmaker Guido Contini. A 2003 revival of the show starred Antonio Banderas and won two Tonys, including best revival.

Marshall, who also directed "Memoirs of a Geisha," earlier this year won a Directors Guild of America award for the television special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic." In addition to winning best picture, "Chicago" collected five other Oscars and helped relaunch the movie musical.

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