Contact Movie Is Perhaps One Draft Away from Filming

News   Contact Movie Is Perhaps One Draft Away from Filming
"It's been through a couple of drafts," said John Weidman about the in-development film of Contact, the musical he devised with Susan Stroman. "I have a meeting with Miramax and Susan Stroman next week. If we're lucky, we'll get though one more rewrite and we're off to the races. We should know better in a month or so."

At one point, Stroman was set to begin filming of the movie version of the Tony-winning dance piece in June 2003. That schedule has apparently been abandoned as work continues on the script.

The film will mark Stroman's debut as a movie director.

The movie of Contact will focus on the last section (also called Contact) of the three-tiered production. In that longest segment, a successful, but suicidal ad exec encounters love and perhaps fulfillment in the person of a mysterious Girl in the Yellow Dress, who dances nightly at a downtown Manhattan hall.

Contact's other two sections, Swinging and Did You Move?, will be incorporated into this overall framework.

Contact won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2000, angering many theatre purists who objected to the fact that the show contained no original score and no vocal performances. As far as future Stroman-Weidman collaborations are concerned, the librettist told Playbill On-Line said, "I would love to [work with her again]. We've talked about a couple of things."

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