Inside Move: Miramax tunes out Lee’s ‘Rent’

Co. pulls plug over budget

Miramax has apparently spiked Spike Lee’s film version of the popular Broadway musical “Rent.” Miramax has been working with Tribeca Prods. on a screen adaptation of the Jonathan Larson tuner.

Lee was never officially attached to the project, but had expressed keen interest and had gone so far as to start testing out the singing voices of potential cast members for the film, including Latin crooner Marc Anthony.

A call placed to Lee was not returned, but insiders familiar with the project say that Miramax pulled the plug over a budget. Whatever the case, Miramax spokesman declined to comment on the project’s status.

Lee is now focusing his efforts on a dramatic film about fighter Joe Louis’s life and the Brown Bomber’s famous bout with Max Schmeling — the 1936 fight that would be the first and most painful defeat of his boxing career.

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