Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal Singing in Damn Yankees
by Alex Billington
February 27, 2009
Haven't we had enough remake news this week already?! New Line Cinema has greenlit a remake of Damn Yankees, the sports-themed musical that first hit Broadway in 1955 and movie theaters later in 1958. Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are both set to star in this contemporary version, with Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, the writers behind A League of Their Own and City Slickers, currently working the script, as well as Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the duo behind Hairspray, both producing. With an impressive line-up like that, I don't think we have anything to complain about, even if it is yet another remake.
The original Damn Yankees was a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s, where a happily married middle-aged man decides to make a "Faustian bargain" with the devil in order to help out his team, the New York Yankees. He's transformed into slugger Joe Hardy, in exchange for his soul. He can break the deal, but the team makes it all the way to the World Series. Jim Carrey will play the devil, while Jake Gyllenhaal will play the soulless lead, and it's the first time both will be doing a musical. As for a director and the lead female, producers are waiting for a script before they meet with anyone else.
I'm sorry if this bothers a few of you, but I really love good musicals, including the aforementioned Hairspray from 2007, and this just sounds amazing. It's already got a stellar cast and I'm sure they'll find a great director for it in the end. I'm already getting excited thinking about how awesome it will be seeing Jim Carrey play the devil in a musical comedy about baseball. Does it really get any better than that?