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Inside Move: Marshall to serve ‘Geisha’

Project developed by Spielberg, Peirce, Jonze

Columbia Pictures has spent the past few days courting “Chicago” director Rob Marshall to direct “Memoirs of a Geisha,” the long-in-development project at Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Red Wagon Prods.

Marshall, whom Harvey Weinstein hopes will direct the musical “Guys and Dolls,” has been looking for a non-tuner as a followup to his best picture-winning first feature.

“Geisha” is a 1997 novel by Arthur Golden that has gotten script drafts from the likes of Ron Bass and Akiva Goldsman. Sources close to the director said it’s not certain whether he’ll take to “Geisha,” a movie that has had trouble getting a helmer to the altar. Steven Spielberg developed it for four years, followed by such directors as Kimberly Peirce and Spike Jonze.