In an interview for Reuters, six-time Tony Award nominee Marshall said, "There are plenty of musicals out there to be filmed. I would love to do Sondheim, maybe Into the Woods or Sweeney Todd or Follies." Though the stage productions of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and Passion were all broadcast on television, the last feature film of a Sondheim musical was released in 1977, the Hal Prince directed "A Little Night Music," which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg and Len Cariou. A Tony Award nominee for his work on Damn Yankees, Little Me, She Loves Me, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret, Rob Marshall makes his feature film directorial debut this month with the eagerly-awaited movie of "Chicago," which hits the top markets Dec. 27 before rolling out across the country in January 2003. The A-list cast includes Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones as, respectively, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, and Richard Gere as slick lawyer Billy Flynn.
The Miramax film features a screenplay by Richard Condon, and the Sony/Epic soundtrack will be available on Jan. 14, 2003.