Miramax Studios, the studio that brought us last year's Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago will be delving into the musical again, acquiring the rights to Pippin, the 1972 Broadway hit, according to Variety. Pippin, which was nominated for 11 Tony's and won 5, was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, who did the same for Chicago in it's Broadway run. The musical centers around the title character, who is the son of 9th century ruler Charlemagne, who is searching for purpose in his life through many other means before finding it in true love. This project must be of major importance to Miramax, seeing as it's beeing overseen by co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

"This is a passion project for me, just like 'Chicago,' " Weinstein said. "I saw this approximately 30 years ago with the original cast and have always wanted to make it into a movie."

Miramax also has two other musicals - Damn Yankees and Guys and Dolls - in development as well.

Brian B.