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According to Variety there is hope that ‘Nine’ can go ahead despite the ongoing writers’ strike:

The Weinstein Co. has followed United Artists by inking a nearly identical interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America.Along with new scripts coming in, certain key projects in the pipeline will get some wind in their sails, such as “Nine,” the Rob Marshall musical adaptation that Michael Tolkin originally scripted.

Anthony Minghella, whose Mirage Entertainment recently reupped at TWC, plans to work on rewrites of “Nine.” Cast members attached include Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren.

Apparently, this interim deal will allow the company to hire writers for script revisions and allow guild scribes to resume pitching new projects.

Then, I came across a rumour on New York Daily News:

Looks like Nicole Kidman will have to drop out of “The Reader” now that she’s pregnant. We hear that Kate Winslet is heading up the list of possible replacements to play a former Auschwitz guard in the Stephen Daldry film. Also being considered to join Ralph Fiennes and Bruno Ganz are Naomi Watts and Marion Cotillard.

While I have not found Marion’s name pop up in relation to this project anywhere else it is certainly a rumour I personally would like to be true. ‘The Reader‘ is another Weinstein Co. project with shooting to take place in Germany tentatively set to begin in late February or March. Synopsis: In postwar Germany, a young man’s decades-long obsession with an older woman runs headlong into a war crimes trial, where he learns an awful truth.

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