New Line Cinema Eyeing a Film of Hairspray

By Robert Simonson
March 26, 2003

It’s only been a few days since the “Chicago” won the Oscar for Best Picture, but Hollywood producers are already dreaming up ideas for filmdom’s next blockbuster movie musical. Liz Smith reported in the New York Post that New Line Cinema wants to make a movie out of the musical Hairspray (which itself was based on a movie). Smith said the production company wants to shoot the film while the show was still a hit on Broadway.

Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein of Miramax Films, one of the major authors of “Chicago,” told the New York Times that his first order of business for the post-Oscar season was to begin work on a new movie musical. One distinct possibility may be to reteam with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are looking toward a new big screen version of Frank Loesser’s classic, Guys and Dolls.

Variety reported that the duo and Miramax have nearly secured all the needed permissions, including rights to Damon Runyon’s “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown,” the story that originally inspired the stage musical; the cooperation of Loesser’s widow Jo Sullivan Loesser; and rights to the first movie version, held by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.

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