Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Weinsteins of Broadway

Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob are upping their game in the legitimate theater. The movie producing duo (late of Miramax, now of their own Weinstein Company) is looking to turn some of their more popular films into musicals for the Great White Way.

The first to hit the boards will likely be the already announced Finding Neverland, followed by a sure to be trippy version of Pink Floyd's The Wall.

Other possibilities include the Academy Award winning Shakespeare in Love (with original screenwriter Tom Stoppard's involvement), Chocolate (maybe starring its original leading lady Juliette Binoche), the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso (another Oscar winner) and Shall We Dance (more likely the Americanized remake as opposed to the Japanese original, Shall We Dansu?). They may even convince Gwyneth Paltrow into a stint on Broadway, although it is not clear if she would recreate her Oscar-winning performance in a musical Shakespeare.

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