The Producers: According to Variety, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane have reached deals to bring 'The Producers', Mel Brooks' hit Broadway show, to the big screen for Universal Pictures. The two stars, who just began their second Broadway run, have signed deals to star in a film adaptation. Filming is set to start in early 2005, with a late 2005 release planned.

Universal Pictures has acquired domestic rights for the feature adaptation which will now become both an adaptation of the Broadway play and a remake of Brooks' 1968 film, which starred Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel.

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.

Brian B.