Bill CondonWith the latest mega-star movie musical performing below expectation, you might conclude 'Nine' needed just one more. Namely, Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay for 2002's Best Picture 'Chicago' and wrote and directed the Oscar-winning 'Dreamgirls'.

Condon -- who also supervised the tuneful Hugh Jackman-hosted Academy Awards last year -- will bring another musical to the screen. According to Deadline/Hollywood, he'll adapt Arthur Phillips' novel 'The Song is You,' published last year to great acclaim. Lawrence Mark will produce. 'Song' centers on Julian, a commercial director carrying on an unusual romance with a younger singer whose music he can't get out of his mind. Bill CondonWith the latest mega-star movie musical performing below expectation, you might conclude 'Nine' needed just one more. Namely, Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay for 2002's Best Picture 'Chicago' and wrote and directed the Oscar-winning 'Dreamgirls'.

Condon -- who also supervised the tuneful Hugh Jackman-hosted Academy Awards last year -- will bring another musical to the screen. According to Deadline/Hollywood, he'll adapt Arthur Phillips' novel 'The Song is You,' published last year to great acclaim. Lawrence Mark will produce. 'Song' centers on Julian, a commercial director carrying on an unusual romance with a younger singer whose music he can't get out of his mind.

Casting doesn't appear to be imminent, as Condon has several projects closer to production. He'll direct another book-to-screen effort, 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,' adapted by Simon Beaufoy ('Slumdog Millionaire'). And Condon finally has a star lined up for a much-anticipated Richard Pryor biopic. In an interview with Deadline, Condon called Marlon Wayans' screen test "amazing." (Yes, Marlon Wayans. In addition to the 'Scary Movie' franchise, don't forget Marlon's powerful performance in the ultra-heavy 'Requiem for a Dream.') On the TV front, Condon has his name attached to 'Tilda,' an upcoming HBO comedy about blogging and Hollywood.

By the way, in 1999, Condon won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for this film about B-movie director James Whale. What was 'Gods and Monsters'? ('Song' novelist Phillips probably knew that -- he was a five-time 'Jeopardy' champ).
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