Contact Movie to Wait Until Completion of Producers Film

News   Contact Movie to Wait Until Completion of Producers Film The film version of Susan Stroman's Contact will have to wait until the director-choreographer has completed work in the movie version of another one of her successes, The Producers.
Susan Stroman
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"Contact had to be pushed back a bit, because The Producers happened so fast," Stroman told Playbill On-Line. "It will happen after that. But [librettist] John Weidman turned in the screenplay. We've got some dream casts in our minds, but nothing's been decided.

At one point, Stroman was set to begin filming of the movie version of the Tony-winning dance piece in June 2003. The film would have marked Stroman's debut as a movie director—an honor now bestowed on The Producers.

At last report, the movie of Contact was said to 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.