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Kinky Boots 'bound for Broadway'

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Ejiofor received a Golden Globe nod for his Kinky performance

British film comedy Kinky Boots is set to become a Broadway musical, according to US trade paper Hollywood Reporter.

Rights to the 2005 movie, which saw a drag queen called in to help an ailing shoe firm, have been bought by veteran producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig.

"The story is about relationships and I want to find the heart at the centre of it," Roth has been quoted as saying.

Though not a musical, the film - which starred British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor - did include some cabaret numbers.

Ejiofor, who was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year, received a Golden Globe nomination for his flamboyant performance.

Jerry Mitchell, who directed the Broadway version of the film Legally Blonde, is said to be in talks to direct the production.

Directed by Julian Jarrold, Kinky Boots was inspired by a real men's footwear factory in Northamptonshire that began producing boots for transvestites.

Earlier this year Ejiofor received an Oliver award for his role in a recent West End production of Othello.

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