Zadan and Meron to remake Damn Yankees for Miramax
Variety reports that out producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Me and My Shadows: Life With Judy Garland) will spearhead a remake of the musical Damn Yankees for Miramax following studio cochairman Harvey Weinstein's acquisition of the rights. Yankees is expected to hit theaters prior to Miramax's new version of Guys and Dolls, which Zadan and Meron will also produce via their Storyline Entertainment shingle. The story of a Washington Senators fan who sells his soul to Satan in exchange for a pennant win against the New York Yankees, Damn Yankees was previously brought to the screen in 1958 by directors George Abbott and Stanley Donen, with choreography by Bob Fosse, who would later be the creative force behind the Broadway musical Chicago. Miramax's Oscar-winning film version of Chicago recently passed Shakespeare in Love as the studio's top-grossing film worldwide.