"Chicago" director Rob Marshall and the Weinstein Company are looking to bring the Tony-winning musical "Nine" to the big screen.
The project would be Marshall's first film since the Oscar-winning adaptation of "Memoirs of a Geisha" and his first with Harvey Weinstein since they worked together on Best Picture winner "Chicago."
"Nine" was written by Mario Fratti with the stage book by Arthur Kopit. The original production won best musical at the 1982 Tonys beating, among other shows, "Dreamgirls."
"Inspired by Fellini's personal, painful, and beautiful film '8 1/2,' '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 explains. "Finding another musical to bring to the screen has been quite a journey and I am thrilled that it's 'Nine.' Harvey and I are looking forward to working together again, and I am excited to be taking on this challenging and provocative piece."
The story focuses on a world famous film director as he balances the women in his life. Raul Julia starred in the original production, while Antonio Banderas was the lead in the 2003 revival. Due to its Fellini source material, it may be tempting to link "Nine" in with other movies based on musicals based on movies like "The Producers" and the upcoming "Hairspray."
"Rob and I have been looking for another musical to make together ever since 'Chicago' and I nearly fell over with excitement when he first suggested 'Nine,'" Harvey Weinstein says in a statement. "It's a brilliant and timeless masterpiece, and no one can stage sexier or more dynamic numbers than Rob Marshall. Teaming up with him and the tremendous cast he's putting together, will be something we've never experienced before. After the truly sensational job he did with 'Chicago,' I cannot think of a better filmmaker to bring this daring story to the big screen."
There are no official details yet on that tremendous cast, nor on the timetable for production on "Nine."