Fox Seals ‘Guys And Dolls’ Rights; Wants Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Fill Frank Sinatra And Marlon Brando Shoes
By MIKE FLEMING JR Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT
At long last, 20th Century Fox has closed movie rights to Guys and Dolls, and the studio will soon start the process of developing a remake of the stage and movie classic for what Fox hopes will be a killer pairing of Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the roles made famous by Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. There is no writer or director yet, but those guys are interested.
While we are all waiting for the eventual movie adaptation of stage hits like Wicked and The Book Of Mormon, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a musical adaptation get the kind of rise out of movie stars that Guys and Dolls has, each time a movie deal was rumored. Years ago, it looked like Harvey Weinstein was getting the rights, with his Chicago exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron producing the film. Thesps from Russell Crowe to Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman and others all tossed their hats into the ring to play the leads. Trouble was, Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser, never found a deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights. Until just recently.
The musical was taken from Damon Runyon’s short stories that captured the rogue gangsters and gamblers of the 1920s and 1930s. Here, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) has a town full of captive gamblers and wants to set up a floating crap game but needs money to do it. He bets his pal Sky Masterson (Brando) that Sky can’t get the wholesome Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons)—who runs a mission—to go with him to Havana. Frank Loesser wrote the music and lyrics, and Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows wrote the book. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical when it premiered in 1950, and won the 1951 Pulitzer for Drama, until the troubles Burrows was having with the House Un-American Activities Committee caused the Trustees of Columbia University to veto the selection. Guys and Dolls was then turned into the 1955 movie. The classic Loesser songs included Luck Be A Lady, and Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.
Fox’s intention to go young is intriguing, and while there is no deal with either guy and there won’t be one until a script and filmmaker are in place, Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are about the two hottest young guys out there. And both of them are versatile with the singing and dancing, as they showed during Seth MacFarlane’s opening number at the Oscars (yeah, the one with Bill Shatner and the ill-advised “We Saw Your Boobs” thing). Tatum was elegant as he spun around the dance floor with Charlize Theron, and Gordon-Levitt sang with MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe.
and how much you want to bet anne hathaway is cast also.
[quote]and how much you want to bet anne hathaway is cast also.
I'm moving on from musicals. I don't want to repeat myself. (and please use capital letters r13.)
If Amy Adams can sing, she'd make a good Sarah Brown.
No one wants to pay money to see Guys and Dolls in a theater no matter who is in it.
Amy Adams is an excellent singer!
Patrick Swayze played it in London some years ago, before he died.
Channing's whole career is based on copying Marlon Brando.
But yes AnnE Hathaway HAS to be the salvation army girl as essayed by Jean Simmons. She has one big number "If I were a bell".
Kidman would be a good Miss Adelaide ...
but its not really a show I like, didnt even care for the movie.
Anna Faris IS Miss Adelaide
PLEASE make them pre-record their audio tracks!
Is Marlon cross-eyed too?
The show has some good songs and some fun parts, but I never cared for the nasal Adeline and the songs at the club. Nothing against the actresses, but I exaggerated nasal singing could be a bit much.
I'm sorry, but the fact they'd consider Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt for this is ridiculous. They're wrong, wrong,wrong. Nathan is supposed to be older and seedy. Remember the lyrics? Remember the whole premise of the relationship between Adelaide & Nathan? They have been "engaged" for years. So, no. Altho if the cast Channing as the seedy Nathan it might work.
And Matt Bomer would be the very best Sky Masterson. The very best. I have no problem with Amy Adams. She's wonderful in everything she does. I'd much rather have Amy than AnnE Hathaway. AnnE needs to take a long leave of absence. A lonnnnng one.
All That Chat must be having a field day with this.
Matt Bomer is milquetoast, and he has an awful vibrato
Aaw! But I want to see Channing Tatum with Jamie Bell!
(Although JGL is excellent).
I am inexplicably in every movie so I will also be in this one.
Is Miss Adelaide a real role? That's a town in Australia! This seems like destiny. Me, Channing, and Joseph on the marquee! I can shimmy in my whammy.
I can't think of a good Adelaide.
Fran Drescher? Jackie Hoffman? Meryl Streep?
Where are the young character actors of today???
[quote] And Matt Bomer would be the very best Sky Masterson.
Actually, Seth MacFarlane would be the very best Sky Masterson.
And I see Joseph Gordon-Levitt more as Nicely Nicely Johnson.
Christine Ebersole would be a good Miss Adelaide.
[quote] Christine Ebersole would be a good Miss Adelaide.
Hmmm..15 years ago maybe
r34, I think the producers want to get asses in the seats.
How to get asses in the seats, these days? Nobody under eighty has ever heard that odd NY patois, and nobody under forty knows that there was ever such a thing as Salvation Army Bands.
I don't think it'll ever get made.