RentThough Rent didn't exactly blow the doors off of the box office when it opened, it nevertheless has made nearly $20 million in just a week. Since the estimated cost of the movie is about $75 million (one third of which went towards promotion), it's likely that it will easily make a profit - welcome news to the people behind the many musicals lining up to go into production.

In addition to the eagerly-awaited The Producers (nothing like a movie version of a stage musical that's a remake of a movie), which will be released on Christmas, Columbia is working on a, um, hip-hop version of Bye Bye Birdie (Puffy can you hear me?), New Line has Hairspray, and Dreamworks' Dreamgirls goes into production in January. If that's not enough, producing partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (they made Chicago) have signed development deals for Damn Yankees!, Guys and Dolls, and Footloose. Man, if only Newsies was coming out now - it'd be huge!
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