By Travis Martin
After years of development hell, 20th Century Fox‘s remake of “Guys and Dolls” is about to be made. The studio has hired Michael Grandage to direct the remake of the stage musical made into a 1955 musical film. The movie was stated to star Joseph Gordon Levitt and Channing Tatum in the main roles, but that fell through. It is currently unknown if they are still involved with the project.
Originally, “Guys and Dolls” starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra as gamblers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. Detroit, needing $1000 to host an illegal craps game, bets Masterson that he can’t get a date with virtuous Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons). Masterson is able to do this by through negociation, but ends up falling for Sarah. Meanwhile, Detroit’s fiancée, Adelaide (Vivian Blaine) wants Nathan to go legit and get married.
Grandage is best know for being a theater actor and director in the United Kingdom with some minor roles in UK television and film productions. He directed a West End production of the musical in 2005 starring Ewan McGregor as Masterson and Douglas Hodge as Detroit. Currently, the director made his film debut with “Genius,“ which explores the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and his publisher, Max Perkins (Colin Firth).
Currently, John Goldwyn and the production company Working Title are producing the film, with Bernie Telsey casting the film. “Guys and Dolls” is still in pre-production and has no release date set.
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