Friday, April 12, 2024

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
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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