According to Variety, the filmmakers are so set on signing the original cast they are willing to work around the actors' schedules. This could mean their planned 2005 release date may be in jeopardy.
Chris Columbus is working on the script and will direct the movie. "Rent" is an updated version of "La Boheme" set in New York's East Village. The story features junkies, drag queens, performance artists, and people who suffer from AIDS. Larson passed on before his musical, which went on to become a multiple Tony Award-winner, began its run.