Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Channing Tatum in a ‘Guys & Dolls’ remake: interested?

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I’m going to dispense with the formalities in quick order, so hang tight. Here’s the bad news — 20th Century Fox has decided to remake Guys And Dolls, which originally starred Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. The good news? Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been tapped for the Sinatra role while Channing Tatum has been allegedly reserved for the likes of Channing Tatum. In retrospect, the announcement of this remake makes total sense in the totality of the Hollywood spectrum, which certainly cannot help but to remake every single, solitary, successful title in its back catalog. Honestly, I cannot tell if this remake is a good idea or not. Overall, remakes are bad news, and musicals are largely hit-and-miss as well, but this particular remake sounds slightly promising. Here are the details from Deadline’s exclusive scoop:

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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.

[From Deadline]

Interestingly enough, it appears that both JGL and Tatum have already informally auditioned for this production in the form of their recent Oscars performance … along with poor Daniel Radcliffe, who has been relegated to the wayside while his fellow tryhards (in the best sense possible) reap the rewards of their trifecta performance. In case you missed the Oscars, here’s a low-quality video clip of the performance below:

Here’s the thing — we know that both JGL and Charming Potato (thanks, Pajiba) can sing and dance. God only knows that Channing can dance after watching him in the Step Up movies and (hubba hubba) Magic Mike. Meanwhile, JGL has the personality, the hipster appeal, and the charm (plus he can pump gas like no other), but Channing really brings the sex appeal. Is it enough to redeem a title like Guys & Dolls, which (surely) the younger generation just won’t understand?

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    While I don’t actively dislike the idea, I’m still in the “if it ain’t broke..” camp when it comes to things like this.

  2. Anna says:

    I’m hopping right onto THIS train. I think Chan and JGL would have great chemistry and play off one another very well. And they’re both so charming, but in different ways. Sign me up!

    • Jennykins says:

      I would hit that manic pixie dream boy like a Mack truck. And charming potato works for me too. I’d see if just in case there is dancing/shirtlessness

      • Anna says:

        There must be a shirtlessness clause. I think we need to start a petition, so that it’s written into the contract.

      • bangbang says:

        Anna, I’m with you. Minimum 30 minutes of shirtlessness? More?

        If they can make a sexploitation flick with selena gomez and those other babies I cry out for equality!

        JGL and charming potato shirtlessness goes a long way to solving my very hurt feelings, and to remedying this very real lack of sexploited gentlemen.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      Love this idea and the casting! Guys and Dolls is one of my faves.

    • Sherry says:

      I say, “Yes please” to this idea! I love the Sinatra/Brando G&D and I think I would love this remake with JGL and CT too!

  3. gee says:

    No way in hell they can hold up to the original, but I’d see a VERY WELL DONE remake.

  4. Miss Kiki says:

    Take my money, take my money right now.

  5. Barrett says:

    I love JGL. If it is bad will send my husband out for the day, pop in DVR, and watch on mute!

  6. Erinn says:

    You had me at Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  7. Mia 4S says:

    Wait a minute..they can dance, but can they sing? I’m not sold at all. Well this will be a pale imitation of the original (Sinatra people!). So…whatever I guess.

  8. mom2two says:

    No. Can we stop with the remakes?

    • Lucy says:

      Agree, this movie is a classic and should be left alone

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      I’m sure a lot of poeople felt that way about Les Mis too, and look how well that turned out. That film complimented the original work, in addition to sharing it with an entirely new generation. I like the idea of a remake if it doesn’t botch it up and also causes millions more to appreciate it and enjoy it. It may be theater for the masses, but that doesnt have to be a bad thing.

  9. Seagulls says:

    I’d watch it.

    Hollywood loves a retread, and sometimes they’re done very well.

    • judyjudy says:

      I read this as “Hollywood loves a retard…” and thought you were talking about CT….

      Need coffee

  10. Rachel says:

    I’d be interested in seeing it. I think Joesph Gordon Levitt is so talented and so charming that i’d watch him in anything. Step up movies are my guilty pleasure channing might be a bit lacking in the acting department, but that boy can dance.

  11. jinni says:

    They can have Guys and Dolls, but if they mess with: Kiss Me Kate, GiGi, Showboat, The King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, It’s No Business Like Show Business, or Singin’ in the Rain, it’s on.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      I could see them remaking ‘Singin in the Rain’..that one has enough name recognition. With musicals and musical-minded shows being so hot right now, anything is possible.

  12. Darlene says:

    I’d watch it. I love musicals, even bad ones.

  13. Vee says:

    Yes please! I will see this!

  14. magpie says:

    Charming Tater should play Nathan Detroit and JGL should play Sky Masterson, not the other way around.

  15. Chrissy says:

    I’ve always had a thing for Frank Sinatra and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing his part??? REALLY?! No.

  16. jen says:

    am i the only person that finds C T repulsive? I don’t get it.

    • gigi says:

      i can see why you might not find him attractive but repulsive? Thats kinda reaching it lol. I dont htink he all that but he isn’t ugly either. I can see why people like him Just not my type. This goes with Chris Hemsworth and Ryan gosling too lol

    • DesertPoppy says:

      I am not attracted to CT either, I am generally not into bulky guys, I don’t like his potato head or his lug head personality.

      I really like JGL though so I would watch it just for him.

  17. Karen says:

    Um is JGL old enough to play Nathan? Just no. Channing doesn’t have Brandos brand of awesome either.

  18. Tig says:

    I would so watch it! They both are great dancers, and can work around weak singing, More musicals, please!

  19. Kate says:

    I’d watch it. But it’s not like the original Guys and Dolls was so effing amazing to begin with. Marlon Brando was gorgeous and Frank Sinatra was charming, but holy cow, that was a clunky musical and the story was just BORING. I’d be curious to see how they alter the story, because I don’t think the Sarah Brown character will resonate with audiences today.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      I agree, and I’m a huge musical fan. This one has never done it for me. But Joseph Gordon Levitt… I’d watch for that

  20. Diva says:

    I love the original. I don’t hate the idea but I don’t love it. I actually think Justin Timberlake would be good for a movie like these (even though I doubt he’d do a musical cause he’s a “serious actor” *rolls eyes*)the song and dance thing is perfect for him.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      That’s a good call. I also think Seth MacFarlane has a very nice stage voice – sounds a lot like Sinatra. Plus he is charming and cute, though I dont think he would be up for that kind of role and also, the masses might have a b*tchfit bc he is prob the second biggest womanizing dbag behind Mayer. It’s a shame bc he is really talented.

  21. Beatriz says:

    Ugh, please no more remakes…

  22. dar says:

    To start with, this is a Broadway musical – it’s been staged many, many times, in different ways, with different actors, so why not another movie? It’s not like the original movie was perfect in every way (and I feel like I can say that because it’s my favorite musical and I know every song off by heart, but that’s not only because of the movie – I’ve seen it live a bunch of times too.)

    Secondly, I’ll love to see JGL as Nathan Detroit, but only if Adelaide is cast properly.

    Which brings me to thirdly, and MOST important – who is going to play Adelaide??? She is the most important part of the show. If she’s not loveable AND ditzy AND wonderful, it won’t work.

  23. Aussiegal says:

    I think Aaron Tveit would have been pretty great in this, but Wicked is being made into a film, so there’s hope he’ll get cast as Fiyero. I just don’t get much tingle from this on -screen pairing.

  24. suzanna says:

    I can really get behind JGL and CT in the lead roles, but who they get to play Adelaide and Nicely Nice are the key to making this work. Maybe John C Reilly as Nicely Nice. The role of Adelaide is more problematic. That role, to me, is the most important part of the picture. I see Adelaide as a mixture of someone with Scarlett Johansson’s looks blended with Marisa Tomei’s acting chops.

  25. Marianne says:

    I love the idea of JGL doing it because I’ve kind of wanted him to do a musical for awhile…but Channing Tatum needs to get off the screen. He is not a good actor AT ALL.

  26. Ally8 says:

    I don’t care for either of these two, and yet I think this is good casting – the wily, skinny guy and the meathead.

    Love the Crapshooters Dance:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXz_gyOyWyI

  27. missiecoco says:

    why the hell not. Even if it got terrible reviews I would probably watch it… twice