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Hairspray shake-up

06.22.2005

New Line was expected to begin production on the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY this fall but instead announced today the project will be pushed back six months and co-directors Jerry Mitchell and Jack O'Brien have left the project. According to New Line, they wanted to postpone the film because the fall start would've rushed the production through the rehearsal stage. But Mitchell and O'Brien had other commitments and were forced to exit. Rather coincidentally New Line has now set its sights on CHICAGO director Rob Marshall, who some have said they wanted from the very beginning, as a replacement. Marshall is currently wrapping work on MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA for DreamWorks and the new spring 2006 start for HAIRSPRAY could allow him to segue into the new gig. Marshall developed the Broadway version of HAIRSPRAY, directing and choreographing the adpatation of John Waters' cult flick. When Marshall left the Broadway production he was replaced by Mitchell and O'Brien. The move is win-win for New Line who no longer has to fret about first-time movie directors in Mitchell and O'Brien while getting an Oscar-nominated director in Marshall and now, as a result of the delays, have tentpole summer film for 2007 (where RUSH HOUR 3 would've been). John Travolta was reportedly approached to star in the film version but no casting decisions will be made until a director is finalized.

Source: Variety

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