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Chicago star Catherine Zeta Jones
 Chicago star Catherine Zeta Jones

CHICAGO INSPIRES REVIVAL
The success of Chicago has inspired Mirimax to make more all singing and dancing films.

As well as winning six Oscars - including best picture - Chicago has earned the studio $303m worldwide and revitalized the musical genre.

It starred Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere as their dodgy lawyer.

Miramax has announced deals to remake hits Guys and Dolls and Damn Yankees.

It is also reported to have acquired the rights to make a feature of 1972 Broadway hit Pippin.

The project will be overseen by Mirimax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein said: "This is a passion project for me, just like Chicago.

"I saw this 30 years ago with the original cast and have always wanted to make it into a movie."

The musical chronicles the adventures of Pippin, son of the 9th century ruler Charlemagne.

Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, the original production received 11 Tony nominations, winning five.

Rival DreamWorks are also set to make a big-screen version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

Last Updated: 16:50 UK, Thursday June 26, 2003
 
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