Russo to direct Blue Man movie

Feature will be an Imax 3-D pic

Blue Man Group and producer Charlotte Huggins have tapped helmer David Russo to direct the Blue Man Group movie.

Imax 3-D pic will be scripted by Lisa Robinson.

Huggins said a distribution deal is close for the pic as well.

Pic will be the first to star the Blue Man Group, which has been seen onstage in hundreds of cities around the world and in commercials. The original Blue Men — Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman — will star (Daily Variety, Sept. 8).

Russo told Daily Variety the comedy will be about “the Blue Men entering the brain of a socially and creatively congested person and observing his neural patterns and his habitual brain functions and memory and altering it in a way that helps him bring his inside life outside.”

Wink, who is chief creative officer for Blue Man Group, added: “We want all our work to touch you in a simple way. We’re vaudevillians; we’re not here with deep messages.”

Blue Man Group senior VP Barbara Darwall is exec producer. Janice Doskey is producing with Huggins.

Visual development on the pic is under way and will continue for several months. Production is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010 for a release in early 2011.

Pic will eschew the new Imax screens in multiplexes in favor of traditional Imax venues such as museums and science centers.

“We have to entertain with the science being solid,” Russo said. “That’s very important to me, having come from that sphere.”

The Blue Men, who have made five albums, are also scoring the pic.

Seattle-based Russo has previously directed short films and commercials. His debut feature, “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle,” was shown at Sundance and SXSW this year.

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