February 25, 2004
'REEFER MADNESS' REDUX
"Reefer Madness," the cautionary tale of the perils of marijuana that first saw the light of a projector as a 1936 film, is coming back. In its new incarnation, "Reefer Madness," a Showtime Original Picture, produced with Apollo Screen, will be a musical adapted from the stage musical seen in the 1999-2000 season in Los Angeles and in 2001 Off Broadway. Robert Greenblatt, the president of Showtime Entertainment, said he would describe the new production, to be directed by Andy Fickman and starring Christian Campbell and Kristen Bell, all of the Los Angeles production, "as a cross between 'Grease' and 'The Rocky Picture Horror Show.' " Production is to begin next month. No broadcast date has been scheduled.