NEW YORK – In a collaboration that brings together two of the more colorful personalities in the entertainment business, Tommy Mottola (search) and Harvey Weinstein (search) have finalized a deal to produce a Broadway show based on Pink Floyd's "The Wall."
The deal — initiated by Mottola — had been in the works for months, and the final production will include not just music from "The Wall" (search) but other Pink Floyd (search) songs as well as new music.
"The Wall is such a classic," Mottola told The Post. "I always felt like there could be another way to look at this."
Mottola and Weinstein's Miramax acquired the rights to "The Wall" from the band's Roger Waters (search), who will join the project and write the play and orchestrate the music.
The goal is to get the production to the stage within a year to 18 months, Weinstein said.
Mottola and Weinstein have long been friends — and worked together on the soundtrack for Miramax's Oscar-winning movie "Chicago." (search)
Their work on "Chicago" "really crystallized a long relationship," Weinstein said. "Tommy came up with this concept to marry Broadway with modern sounds."
Mottola and Weinstein said they have other projects in the works.
Already, Mottola's Casablanca Records will produce the soundtracks to Miramax films "Shall We Dance," which will star Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, and "Pride and Prejudice."
After leaving his post as head of Sony Music last year, Mottola has built an eclectic collection of businesses, including Casablanca and a management company called The Mottola Company. He's also been playing a key role in guiding the career of his wife, the Latin singer Thalia.