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Production deal made for ‘Damn Yankees’

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Miramax Films co-chairman Harvey Weinstein acquired rights to the 1955 musical "Damn Yankees," and he's made a movie deal with the executive producers of "Chicago."

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the movie, Miramax said Tuesday. Weinstein had previously tapped the duo for the remake of "Guys and Dolls," but the baseball musical "Damn Yankees" will come first.

Tony Award-winning "Damn Yankees" is the story of a die-hard Washington Senators fan who sells his soul to the devil so his team can finally topple the New York Yankees and win the pennant.

"I see us updating 'Damn Yankees,' modernizing it and really having fun with the role of the devil," Weinstein said.

The original "Damn Yankees" was choreographed by Bob Fosse, who did the same with "Chicago." Rob Marshall, who directed the Oscar-winning "Chicago," choreographed the 1994 Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees."

Warner Bros. first adapted the musical to the screen in 1958 with stars Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston.