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'Producers' thesps pact for film adaptation

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane have reached deals to bring “The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ hit Broadway show, to the bigscreen for Universal Pictures.

The two stars, who just began their second Broadway run, have inked mid-seven-figure deals to star in a film adaptation.

Lensing is set to start in early 2005, with a late 2005 release planned.

A feature adaptation brings “The Producers” full circle, since the stage show is itself an adaptation of Brooks’ 1968 film, starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel.

U first announced plans to do a feature adaptation of “The Producers” last year (Daily Variety, June 2), having inherited the remake rights. Though enthusiastic about the project, no deals were in place yet.

Now, the studio confirmed only that it had acquired domestic distrib rights and was aiming for a late 2005 release. Studio declined comment on talent deals.

Other key members behind the stage show are also said to be on board, including Brooks, who will produce, his co-writer Thomas Meehan, and Susan Stroman to helm.

Both Lane and Broderick are unavailable until early next year. Their current “Producers” run continues through April 4.

After that, Lane will mount Stephen Sondheim’s “The Frogs” at Lincoln Center. The show’s being rewritten by Lane and directed by Stroman. Show will go into previews in June and open on July 15.

In the next year, Broderick will be seen in three pics. “Marie and Bruce,” produced by Holedigger Prods., preems at Sundance. Broderick co-stars with Julianne Moore as a sadomasochistic couple having relationship troubles. He will also appear in Paramount’s “Stepford Wives” alongside Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, set for a June 11 release, and in Touchstone’s “The Last Shot” with Alec Baldwin and Calista Flockhart, due out next fall.

Lane is repped by UTA, Broderick by CAA.

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