Rob Marshall is dancing again with Harvey Weinstein. The “Chicago” helmer will direct a version of the 1982 Broadway musical “Nine” for the Weinstein Co.
Marshall and John DeLuca will choreograph the adaptation of the show, which won five Tonys, including best musical. Their company, Lucamar Prods., will produce the film with the Weinstein Co., which acquired rights to the project from original “Nine” book writer Arthur Kopit and composer Maury Yeston, who will serve as co-executive producers.
The film and play are adapted from Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic autobiographical feature “8 1/2,” following the life of a famed film director and the many women in his life. Weinstein Co. co-president of production Michael Cole and senior vp production Kelly Carmichael will oversee the project. A screenwriter announcement is forthcoming.
Marshall last teamed with Weinstein on the Oscar-winning 2002 musical “Chicago” when the executive was at Miramax Films. His most recent directorial efforts were “Memoirs of a Geisha” and the duets special “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” at NBC.
” ‘Nine’ is a sumptuous and emotional work that translates naturally to the film musical genre because of its seamless relationship between fantasy and reality,” Marshall said. “Finding another musical to bring to the screen has been quite a journey, and I am thrilled that it’s ‘Nine.’ “
The announcement comes on the heels of several much-discussed boxoffice disappointments for the Weinstein Co., which has spent heavily acquiring, producing and marketing features since it was launched in fall 2005. Their latest self-distributed venture, “Grindhouse,” grossed just $11.6 million in its opening frame last weekend.
Weinstein Co. executive vp business and legal affairs Eric Roth and senior vp business and legal affairs Laine Kline negotiated the deal on behalf of the distributor. ICM and attorneys Michael Gendler and Kevin Kelly negotiated on behalf of Marshall. WMA repped Kopit, and Abrams Artists repped Yeston.