“Damn Yankees” Future Dim in Wake of Disney-Miramax Break

By Robert Simonson
17 Mar 2005

Lola won’t get what Lola wants. The split of Disney and Miramax, the two companies who intitiated a projected high-profile remake of the musical Damn Yankees, has left the show without a future, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Disney and Miramax will part company in September, ending a business marriage that produced many notable films. According to the New York Times, Disney has waived its rights to more than two-dozen Miramax projects in development, and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who run Miramax, plan to abandon at least a third of them, rather than go through the effort and expense of making and marketing the movies.

One casualty is the film version Damn Yankees, which was to be produced by the “Chicago” movie team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Yankees was to have been the next Miramax-produced musical to hit the screens.

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Playbill.com previously reported that Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein had secured the rights to the musical and had signed executive producers Zadan and Meron to produce. “I see us updating Damn Yankees, modernizing it, and really having fun with the role of the devil,” said Weinstein in a released statement.

Peter Tolan and Mike Martineau had been hired to pen the screenplay.

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