Marshall helming 'Nine' film adaptation


NEW YORK -- Rob Marshall will direct a big-screen 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. An announcement on the screenwriter is forthcoming.

Marshall last teamed with Weinstein Co. co-head Harvey Weinstein on the Oscar-winning musical "Chicago" while the exec was at Miramax Films.

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.

Weinstein Co. co-president Michael Cole and senior vp production Kelly Carmichael will oversee the project.