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    'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Marshall to direct 'Nine'

    Director to adapt stage hit for Weinsteins

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    By Michael Fleming
    Variety
    April 12, 2007

    Rob Marshall will direct a feature version of the stage hit "Nine" for the Weinstein Co.

    It marks the first time that Marshall and Harvey Weinstein have joined forces since "Chicago," the 2002 Miramax musical which won six Oscars, including best picture.

    Pic will be produced by Marshall and John DeLuca through their Lucamar Productions banner. Marshall and DeLuca will also choreograph the film together, as they did "Chicago."

    Marshall and TWC co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein are in the process of securing a screenwriter.

    Music and lyrics are by Maury Yeston, composer and lyricist of the original 1982 Broadway production that was written by Arthur Kopit. TWC acquired rights from Kopit and Yeston, who'll be co-exec producers.

    Originally adapted by Mario Fratti, with a book by Kopit, the musical was inspired by the Fellini film "8½" and focused on a film director stuck in neutral as he tries to make a film while haunted by the demands of all the women in his life, including a wife, mistress and even his deceased mother.

    The original stage production was directed by Tommy Tune and starred Raul Julia, with Liliane Montevecchi and Anita Morris heading the list of women who haunted him. The musical won five Tony Awards including best musical. Antonio Banderas starred in a 2002 revival which won two Tony Awards, including best revival.

    "After I finished 'Memoirs of a Geisha,' I began looking intensely at (other projects), including remakes of movies, originals and Broadway musicals," Marshall said. " 'Nine' (has) a seamlessness between reality and fantasy that is built into the fabric of the material."

    Marshall said he'd like to lock in his leading man and actresses early, and custom fit the script to them.

    "This one needs to be created specifically for the talent involved, to suit their strenghts," he said.Casting will be a big issue here, and if commitments complicates things, it will be 2009."

    In a statement, Weinstein called the musical, "A brilliant and timeless masterpiece. Teaming up with (Marshall) and the cast he's putting together will be something we've never experienced before."
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
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    Cool Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Some of the most brilliant and haunting music - a musical version of a man's mid-life crisis... and TONS of women's roles throughout; only One male lead - "Guido Contini" / Fellini, and Guido as a boy - the rest of the company in the Theatrical version are in fact women - "Fellini's Obsession". I hope that they (a) make this in a period Italian look which replicates Fellini's masterpiece "8 1/2", (b) cast a charismatic male lead

    "...The trouble with Contini, he's the King of Mediocrities, a second-rate director who believes that he is Socrates, he never make a 'movie' or a 'picture' or a 'flick', he makes a "Film" - get it? - a "Film"! A typical Italian with his auto and biography, a mixture of Catholicism, Pasta, and Pornography, a superficial, womanizing, moderately charming Latin fraud... (grazi! prego!) and what are his movies about? just Beauty, Truth, Death, Youth, Love, Life, Anguish, Angst... thanks to him we have boredom at the movies...!"

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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Thanks for the link. "Nine" is a terrific musical. I'm still haunted by the beauty of the revival a few years ago. Curious to know, based on its source material, if the film will be going for more of niche art house market or if it will be made for broader tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron10036 View Post
    Thanks for the link. "Nine" is a terrific musical. I'm still haunted by the beauty of the revival a few years ago. Curious to know, based on its source material, if the film will be going for more of niche art house market or if it will be made for broader tastes.
    I am sure that they will be shooting for a broader market, but won't the Theatre buffs and Fellini fans be enjoying the effort ever so much more?
    I just hope that they can get some of that gritty over-the-top sensuality and art-house feel of the original "8 1/2"

    I remember seeing Fellini's "Casanova" at an arthouse cinema in Westwood in the (gulp) 70's - the same place that I saw "All That Jazz"; both brilliant; (two movies where both directors, Fellini and Fosse, laid bare their souls for all to see... all the demons that drove them)

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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Please, please cast Antonio Banderas.

    I feel so much better saying that.

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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Quote Originally Posted by Roo719 View Post
    Please, please cast Antonio Banderas.

    I feel so much better saying that.

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    Right about now he's probably thinking the same thing.
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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    I'll be curious to see where they go with casting. Banderas would certainly seem like a viable option, but you never know with these things.




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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Weinstein Considering Big Names for Nine Film

    By Zachary Pincus-Roth
    Playbill.com
    16 Apr 2007

    Harvey Weinstein is considering casting big stars for the Weinstein Company's recently announced film version of Nine, the New York Post reports.

    Weinstein told the paper, "I'm thinking Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger" for the six major female roles, who sing and dance opposite a central male role of a movie director.

    The Post reports that Weinstein and the director Rob Marshall are considering George Clooney, Javier Bardem, Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp for the movie director role, played by Raul Julia originally on Broadway and Banderas in a 2003 Broadway revival.

    The musical has songs by Maury Yeston and a book by Arthur Kopit and won the 1982 Tony Award for Best Musical. The 2003 Broadway production won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

    The venture reunites Marshall with Harvey Weinstein, who headed Miramax when Marshall directed "Chicago" for the studio in 2002. "Chicago" won six Oscars, including best picture.

    Marshall and John DeLuca will co-choreograph "Nine," which they also did for "Chicago." A screenwriter and cast have yet to be found.

    Marshall also directed the film "Memoirs of a Geisha" and co-directed the smash Broadway revival of Cabaret.

    Nine was inspired by the Federico Fellini film "8 1/2." The Yeston score includes such tunes as "Be On Your Own," "Unusual Way" and "My Husband Makes Movies."
    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/107352.html
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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Interesting... Of the four men mentioned for the lead, I would deffinitely lean towards Banderas. He's got the Broadway cred because of the revival AND the Hollywood cred/box office appeal as a film actor.

    I'd rather not see Depp. Not that he couldn't do it, just that he's everywhere these days AND he's got Sweeney. He doesn't need to be cast in the lead of another musical so quickly.




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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Clooney is probably laughing his a** off!
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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Yeah, that one seemed like the oddest choice of the bunch.




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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Katie Holmes and Demi Moore Candidates for Nine Screen Adaptation


    By Adam Hetrick
    Playbill.com
    02 Jul 2007

    The New York Post reports that casting is underway for the Rob Marshall-directed screen adaptation of the Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit musical Nine.

    Screen stars Katie Holmes and Demi Moore have both auditioned for roles in the upcoming movie musical produced by Harvey Weinstein.

    Other names being bandied about, according to The Post, are "Chicago" stars Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who previously worked with director Rob Marshall in that highly successful stage to screen transfer.

    Based on the Fellini film "8 ½," Nine premiered on Broadway in 1982, starring Raul Julia, Anita Morris and Karen Akers. The Tommy Tune-directed production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2003 Broadway saw a revival boasting an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski and Mary Stuart Masterson. Directed by David Leveaux and reset in the early 1960's, the revival would win two Tonys, including Best Revival.

    Nine centers on Guido Contini, a heralded film director (much like Federico Fellini) who, fearing he is losing his touch, escapes to a Venetian spa for rejuvenation. Blurring the lines of fantasy and reality, the women in Contini's life swirl about him, from his mother, to his wife, to his mistress, all of whom ultimately serve as dangerous distraction and inspiration.

    "Nine" is slated for a 2008 or 2009 release.
    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/109260.html
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    Re: 'Nine' next musical to hit the big screen

    Weinsteins cast net for 'Nine'

    TWC in talks with Cruz, Bardem, Cotillard

    Cruz

    Bardem

    Cotillard

    BY Michael Fleming
    Variety
    August 21, 2007

    Rob Marshall and Harvey Weinstein have begun assembling the cast for "Nine."

    The Weinstein Co. is in talks with Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem to star in the musical.

    Marshall, who wanted to set his cast early to custom-fit the roles to the strengths of each performer, is also courting Sophia Loren and his "Chicago" star Catherine Zeta-Jones. Marshall will produce and choreograph with John DeLuca, his partner in Lucamar Prods.

    Bardem just got the offer to play director Guido Contini, who experiences a creative and personal crisis as he tries to balance all the women in his life. That includes his wife, mistress, his film-star muse, agent and even his mother. Raul Julia originated the role onstage, and Antonio Banderas played it in the revival. The musical was inspired by the Fellini film "8 ½."

    Cruz is in talks to play Carla, Contini's mistress, while Cotillard is to play his wife, Louisa. Although they have not yet committed, Zeta-Jones is being courted to play the director's muse, and Loren his mother, who appears as a ghost.

    Michael Tolkin is adapting the script, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, the composer and lyricist of the original production. Mario Fratti adapted the original Broadway production; Arthur Kopit wrote the book. TWC acquired rights from Kopit and Yeston, who will be exec producers.

    The combination of the sexy subject matter, and the fact Marshall is making his first musical since directing "Chicago" for Harvey Weinstein at Miramax, has made the four female roles enticing to many actresses with vocal and dancing ability.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
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