Stars being eyed for remake of the classic musical.
Mike Fleming over at Deadline has learned that 20th Century Fox is in development on a remake of the stage and movie classic ‘Guys And Dolls,’ with plans to cast Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead roles.
Based on the Damon Runyon books of the New York underworld, Guys and Dolls tells the story of gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), the organizer of the oldest established permanent “floating” crap game in New York. Needing to raise funds to pay for a venue for the next game, Nathan bets his pal and fellow gambler Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. That “next girl” is Miss Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons), a prim and proper, straight-walking sister at the “Save a Soul Mission” which opposes gambling.
Fleming states that while no deal is in place, the actors are showing interest. The project is still in the early stages and has no writer or director attached.
This is not the first time Hollywood has set its sights on a remake of the musical. Hollywood heavy-hitter Harvey Weinstein was close to securing the rights years ago and had the likes of Russell Crowe, Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman and others all lining up to star. Unfortunately for Weinstein, Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser, never found a deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights.