Guys and Dolls remake rights have been squared away with Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in talks to take the lead roles, Deadline reported on Wednesday.
The original film starred Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit, an ambitious man looking to set up a floating crap game but lacking the funds to do it. In pal Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), Nathan sees an opportunity.
He bets Sky that he can’t get Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) to head to Havana with him, a bet made doubly difficult by the fact Sarah runs a mission.
Before the Capone-era tale was brought to film, it was a Tony-winning stage production with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. It even won a Pulitzer for Drama in 1951.
Pre-dating those accomplishments, the film hearkens back to the short stories of Damon Runyon, who chronicled gangsters and gamblers of the 1920s and 1930s, and much of the story is taken from Runyon’s words.
The musical featured a number of hits, including “Luck Be A Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.”
According to Deadline, the Guys and Dolls remake would cast Channing Tatum as Nathan Detroit and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Sky Masterson, if a deal can be reached between the actors and 20th Century Fox.
No word on who might be interested in the Sarah Brown part. Also, there are no further details on who will be writing the script as this is all hot-off-the-presses information.
Expect more details in the coming weeks, but until then, here’s a little of the old gang to tide you over:
Whatever happens with this bit of casting news, both actors will be staying busy. Tatum recently signed for a 21 Jump Street sequel and has White House Down coming later this year.
As for Gordon-Levitt, when he’s not fielding questions about future involvement with the films of DC Comics characters, he’s prepping for the release of Don Jon and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For later this year.
Those two films should be enough to direct attention away from fanboy speculation, especially Don Jon, which according to Gordon-Levitt in a recent article with The Los Angeles Times, features substantially graphic material.
In the interview, Gordon-Levitt confessed that he had to do some fancy cutting to keep the film outside the realm of becoming “pornographic.”
(Yeah, we’re thinking this remake might be a cleaner time at the movies.)
Are you excited for the Guys and Dolls remake, and do you think Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are good choices to replace Sinatra and Brando?