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Revolution pays Rent

10.01.2004

Revolution Studios has picked up the big-screen adaptation of Broadway's RENT after the project fell apart at Warner Bros. Ever since they learned the rights would become available, Revolution has been working hard to close the deal. Meanwhile writer/director Chris Columbus has been hard at work co-writing the script with Stephen Chbosky allowing the studio to fast-track the project for an early spring start. Robert De Niro and his Tribeca company will produce. The reimagining of "La Boheme" set in the East Village of New York, was a smash on Broadway winning four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. Shortly after its debut, Miramax picked up the rights to the feature adaptation. There was a stipulation in the contract that the film could not be released until after 2001 so as not to interfere with the stage run. But with all that lead time, the project still never got off the ground. Along the way Spike Lee was attached to direct and Justin Timberlake attached to star but not much ever progressed beyond that. It was only after Columbus wrapped the first two HARRY POTTER films did the project really get a head of steam. He became passionate and stayed with the project at WB and now at Revolution where he will reteam with studio chief Joe Roth who worked with Columbus on HOME ALONE. Revolution is currently planning a holiday 2004 release for the film.

Source: Variety

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