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Stern’s ‘Stomp’ pounds path to Imax format

Release targeted for May 2002

Jim Stern, fresh off producing “Michael Jordan: To the Max,” will produce an Imax version of the musical legiter “Stomp” for release in May 2002.

Stern, who served as a producer of “Stomp’s” Broadway edition, will team with director-creators Luke Creswell and Steve MacNicolas as well as producers Harriet Newman Leve and Giant Screen Sports.

“Stomp,” a combination of percussion and movement that originated in the U.K. nine years ago, runs two national tours; the New York company’s run at the Orpheum Theater is in its sixth year.

Performers use a wide variety of objects — including garbage cans, hubcaps, poles, brooms and cigarette lighters — to achieve the rhythms and do not employ conventional percussion instruments.

‘Larger than life’

“In many ways, the creative energy and rhythmic intensity of ‘Stomp’ is larger than life,” Stern said. “What better format than Imax to take the ‘Stomp’ experience to the next level? Those who’ve never seen the Broadway show will hopefully be blown away by this version, and those who have seen ‘Stomp’ before will be able to enjoy the show in a whole new light.”

Footage for “Stomp,” which will be about 45 minutes long, has already been shot in Brazil, with plans to shoot in a variety of international locales. “This won’t be a movie of the show so much as a way of teaching how to listen to the world,” Stern said.

Stern, who has produced a dozen Broadway and Off Broadway shows, teamed with GSS for the Jordan film, which opened May 5 and grossed $1.4 million at 43 screens in its first 10 days. He will make his feature film directing debut with “The Rage,” a thriller starring Gary Sinise, which Silver Nitrate Releasing will launch July 14.

Stern has also acquired the feature film rights for the play “Space” and plans to begin casting shortly.

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