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Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann, seen in in New York in 2008, is adapting Strictly Ballroom as a stage musical. ((Keith Bedford/Reuters) )

Baz Luhrmann's film Strictly Ballroom, based originally the play he co-wrote, could be heading back to the stage in the form of a musical.

The Australian theatre director and filmmaker has announced he will begin workshops on a stage musical version of Strictly Ballroom in Sydney in December.

A location and date of the musical's premiere are yet to be determined.

While studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney in the late 1980s, Luhrmann co-wrote (with Andrew Bovell) and directed a play inspired by his childhood experiences in the world of ballroom dancing.

A film producer who saw the play approached him to create a movie adaptation and Strictly Ballroom emerged in 1992.

The film, a romantic comedy about a young Australian ballroom dancer struggling to establish his own identity, went on to win Luhrmann the Prix de la Jeunesse in the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard program, as well as a host of other awards. Strictly Ballroom would eventually lead to two other films in what Luhrmann calls his Red Curtain Trilogy of theatre-related movies, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge.