Weinstein Co. Eyes "Chocolat," "Shakespeare in Love," "Cinema Paradiso" as Future Musicals

News   Weinstein Co. Eyes "Chocolat," "Shakespeare in Love," "Cinema Paradiso" as Future Musicals
The Weinstein Company has a list of projects it hopes to bring to the Broadway stage, signaling the organization's move into a creative lead producer role rather than minority partner, as it was with August: Osage County, Boeing-Boeing and other legit shows.

Variety reported June 20 that The Weinstein Company is exploring making musicals of the Miramax films "Shakespeare in Love," "Chocolat," "Cinema Paradiso" and "Shall We Dance." Bob and Harvey Weinstein ran Miramax before they helmed The Weinstein Company, which has film, TV, publishing and stage interests.

Playbill.com previously reported that Harvey Weinstein was developing "Finding Neverland" and Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" into stage musicals. The former will have a book by Allan Knee based on his play, and a score by Grey Gardens writers Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.

Variety reported that Finding Neverland may emerge in 2010, followed by The Wall. Collaborators for The Wall will reportedly be Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and playwright-screenwriter Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), who will adapt a script from the cult rock album. Sony Music's Tommy Mottola will also produce.

"Now it's time for us to really take the lead on things," Weinstein told Variety. "We own all these properties that lend themselves to musicals."

According to Variety, The Weinstein Company's theatre development is overseen by Ben Famiglietti, vice-president of production and development. The trade reported that Harvey Weinstein will bring stars to the company's stage projects. He's spoken to Juliette Binoche about starring on stage in the film role she created in the romantic comedy fable "Chocolat." Tom Stoppard would be attached to a musical stage version of "Shakespeare in Love," for which Stoppard wrote the screenplay.

"I can bring that world into it," Weinstein told Variety.

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