Inside Move: ‘Avenue Q’ pair led to U

Platt to produce pic, segues from B'way deal

Universal Pictures is teaming up with “Avenue Q” songwriters Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx for an untitled musical comedy.

Project comes from Marc Platt Prods., which has a first-look deal with U. Film exec Platt segued to Broadway this season as a producer of “Wicked.” He and Adam Siegel came up with the idea for what they call a “star-driven, high-concept musical comedy,” and presented it to Lopez and Marx, who will make it their first screenplay.

“This is a case of the studio looking to the Broadway community and bringing those creatives into the movie business,” Platt said.

In a legit twist, Platt, as a producer of “Wicked,” soon will be in competition with his collaborators from “Avenue Q.” The tuners are expected to be battling for Tony Awards in June.

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