Baz Luhrmann plans Strictly Ballroom musical
Baz Luhrmann has announced he will take his movie Strictly Ballroom to the stage.
Earlier this week, the Australian producer/director confirmed that he plans to transfer his 1992 film into a theatre production.
Luhrmann, who directed the 1996 film version of Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes - plans to work with Sydney-based Global Creatures to create the show but if the production is successful, it could come to the West End.
He said: "Strictly Ballroom has always been very personal to me."
The director added that the project has been in talks for years.
Strictly Ballroom, a story about a champion ballroom dancer and a beginner who develop their performances try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships, is likely to feel at home on stage.
If the production is brought to the UK, London Theatre ticket sales could rise as the movie was a big hit when it was released in the 1990s, going on to win three Bafta awards including best costume design, best original film score and best production design.
By Jemma Howard