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Col, Red Wagon nesting ‘Birdie’

Chu to helm Blumberg-penned musical

HOLLYWOOD — Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon Prods. have tapped writer-producer Stuart Blumberg to pen the remake of tuner “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Col’s first musical in three decades will mark 23-year-old helmer Jon Chu’s feature debut.

It will also rep the first musical credit for Blumberg, who scripted and produced “Keeping the Faith.” That pic starred and was helmed by Blumberg’s Yale roommate, Edward Norton.

The stage version of “Birdie,” mounted in 1960, followed an Elvis-like star who was drafted into the Army and goes on TV to kiss a fan in a bid to get his galpal to marry him.

Chu’s treatment for the pic uses a contempo setting with an urban, hip-hop feel.

“Birdie” is being produced by Red Wagon’s Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher and VP Rachel Shane. Col exec VP Amy Baer is overseeing for the studio.

Blumberg also scripted Fox and New Regency’s “The Girl Next Door,” about a teenager who falls in love with his neighbor (who happens to be a porn star). That pic is skedded for a March release.

Blumberg and Norton are also producing and scripting an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s detective novel “Motherless Brooklyn” for New Line.

Blumberg is also penning and producing “Fear Itself,” a remake of the 1971 film “Straw Dogs,” for Miramax.

Blumberg is repped by Endeavor.