LAST CALL: "Chicago" blows off The Windy City

Cindy Adams reports that after seven years of stalled attempts,

Miramax will begin production of the movie version of the hit Broadway

musical revival Chicago on December 4.



The catch? The movie will be filmed in Toronto.



How could Chicago lose a PR campaign to play host to a seeming shoo-in

production?



Ron Verkuilen, managing director of the Illinois Film Office, said the

production went to Toronto to cut down on production costs. "Shame on

David Mamet for letting it go to Toronto after all Chicago did for him

and his career," said Verkuilen, who then detailed 16 other recent reel

rebuffs of the Windy City.



Richard Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office, was even more

morose about Chicago losing Chicago. "I can't say that we had done much

in the way of any sort of pitching for it," he said. "This office has

not really spoken to anyone from the production."



Yipes. The city's film pitchers had better look out before they reach

the depths of that other Chicago pitching industry - the luckless

Chicago Cubs.



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