Rob Marshall, Weinstein to take on Nine

MUMBAI: Academy Award nominated director Rob Marshall (Memoirs of A Geisha, Chicago) and The Weinstein Company are joining forces to bring the classic Broadway show Nine to the big screen.

This marks the first time that Marshall and Harvey Weinstein have collaborated since reviving the Hollywood musical with Chicago, winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Nine will be directed by Marshall with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Marshall and John DeLuca will choreograph. A writer will be announced shortly. The joint announcement was made today by Marshall and The Weinstein Company co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Lucamar Productions partners DeLuca and Marshall will be on board as part of the producing team. The Weinstein Company acquired the rights to produce Nine from Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston who will each serve as co-executive producer.

Nine was initially adapted by Mario Fratti with the book written for the stage by Kopit. Throughout its successful runs on Broadway, Nine has attracted such legendary talent as Raul Julia, Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera and Liliane Montevecchi.