Home Celebrity Broadway Smash “Pippin” Will Be A Weinstein Movie

“Pippin,” just revived on Broadway after 40 years, and a smash hit, is going to the movies. Harvey Weinstein, unbeknownst to anyone, has owned the right for the last ten years. (Who knew?) So today he’s announced that James Ponsoldt (“Smashed” ) will write a screenplay. “Pippin” in its revived state features Cirque du Soleil type performers. It also comes with Bob Fosse choreography that is now legendary–it’s arguably where Michael Jackson got a lot of his moves. And the Stephen Schwartz score has a bunch of hits including “Corner of the Sky.” I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the Weinstein Company’s first 3D movie because “Pippin” is almost begging for that treatment. Stay tuned…And oh yes: you know Ben Vereen will make a cameo appearance. But start casting now…PS The show that just opened on Broadway, must-see, is playing at just about 100% capacity…

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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