March 18, 2004

HOLLYWOOD -- Alan Cumming and Steven Weber have inked to star in the original Showtime movie "Reefer Madness," based on the off-Broadway musical. Meanwhile, HBO has firmed up casting for its upcoming epic series "Rome," slated to debut next year.

"Reefer" is the first to be given a go by Showtime entertainment topper Robert Greenblatt.

Neve Campbell will also star in the musical adaptation alongside Kristen Bell ("Deadwood"), her brother Christian Campbell and Ana Gasteyer ("Saturday Night Live"). In addition, John Kassir and Robert Torti will reprise their stage roles in the telepic.

The screen adaptation of the show, based on the 1936 anti-pot propaganda film, is described as a cross between "Grease" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Production begins in April.

Cumming will star as an anti-marijuana authority figure while Weber will play town's pot pusher. Campbell, meanwhile, will play the owner of a risque swing spot where the local kids indulge.

Exec producers are Andy Fickman, who will also direct, and Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, who penned the adaptation. Jim Veres and Jan Korbelin also exec produce. Dead Old Man/Apollo Screen will produce in association with Showtime.



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