The other day I mentioned Samuel L. Jackson's 9 movie film deal with Marvel. In writing out the word "nine" I realized that heading in 2009, I didn't know I could not mention one of 2009's most anticipated films...no, not G.I. Joe or Transformers 2, I'm talking about Nine.
In 1982 Nine was a Tony award success story with 12 nominations, winning 5 awards including best musical.
It's always hard to anticipate how musicals will perform at the box office and with critics, but one of the stage to screen success stories of this past decade was Chicago which went on to win 6 Oscars, including Best Picture and grossing over $170 million in the United States.
Chicago's director Rob Marshall (who also directed Memoirs of a Geisha) is again going to be bringing an award winning musical to the screen with Nine.
Nine is inspired by Federico Fellini's film 8½. In Nine, the plot focuses on Guido Contini, a film director turning 40 has a midlife crisis that leads him into many complicated relationships with women...including his wife, mistress, muse, protege, mother, and producer.
The cast stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the leading man (Guido Contini) surrounded by his many women. Along with Oscar winner Day-Lewis, he will also be around other high profile and Oscar winning and nominated actresses...Marion Cottilard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz (pictured above with Lewis), Kate Hudson, Fergie, and Sophia Loren.
It's hard to imagine a cast like that will be ignored from the Oscars, and Rob Marshall has proven that his films can earn critical respect as well as fill seats at the theaters.
Just a hunch, but I have a feeling Nine a significant role in the 2009 film scene.