Urinetown Being Developed for Movie

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The success of the dark, comic, jazzy "Chicago" in movie theatres is paving the way for producers to explore the dark, comic and jazzy Urinetown as a property ready for Hollywood exploitation.

Variety reports that Killer Films will partner with the Araca Group to expand the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical's profile onto the big screen.

Killer's Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler will reportedly co-produce with Michael and Matthew Rego and Hank Unger of the Araca Group, the producers who helped bring the cult Off-Off-Broadway fringe show first to Off-Broadway in spring 2001 and then to Broadway. It won 2002 Tony Awards for Direction (John Rando), Score (Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann) and Book (Greg Kotis).

Variety reports John Wells is executive producer and Broadway co-producer Dodger Stage Holdings will also be involved. No director has been named. Composer-lyricist Mark Hollmann and book writer-lyricist Greg Kotis are preparing a draft of a screenplay.

"Not everyone can see this working as a film, but maybe that will change now that everyone's embracing musicals in a big way," Vachon told Variety. "What's really strong is that Urinetown takes the vocabulary of musical theatre and plays with it in interesting ways, so we have to figure a way to do that in a movie."

Urinetown is currently running on Broadway at the Henry Miller Theatre and is expected to make back its investment imminently.

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