The Indian director will bring Broadway musical Bombay Dreams to the big screen with a score by AR Rahman.

Deepa Mehta will direct Beverly Hills-based Marquee Pictures’ first project, an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical Bombay Dreams with Oscar winner A R Rahman set to compose the score.

Monsoon Wedding screenwriter Sabrina Dhawan will adapt the musical, a Romeo And Juliet update set in the high-stakes world of Bollywood that may be shot in 3D. Arclight Films is handling sales here.

Marquee, set up by former Universal senior executive Jeff Segal, producer Steve Waterman, Arclight managing director Gary Hamilton and Azure Media Group chairman Steve Wilkinson, will partner with Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group.

Production will kick off in and around Mumbai in 2011 with an as yet unnamed Indian partner.

“It was deeply rewarding for me to see A R Rahman’s work recognised in America when he won two Oscars and I am thrilled to be working with him again on this exciting project,” Lloyd Webber said.