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Gardner sows ‘Grumpy’ tuner

WB laffer to be adapted for Broadway

Producer Jeff Gardner has acquired the stage musical rights to 1993 pic “Grumpy Old Men” with an eye toward adapting it for Broadway.

Warner Bros. pic, which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as feuding neighbors, earned $70 million domestically at the box office. Pic was directed by Donald Petrie and written by Mark Steven Johnson.

Gardner said a tentative target for tuner’s Broadway arrival is spring 2008. Creative team has not been announced.

As an actor, Gardner has appeared in Broadway productions “The Wild Party,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.” His only major commercial producing credit is a production of the play “Night Out” in San Diego. He is a founding member of the Manhattan Stage Ensemble and the True Ensemble Theater Company.

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