Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wanted for 'Guys & Dolls'
by Ethan Anderton
April 24, 2013
After Seth MacFarlane reached back into the history of movie musicals for the Academy Awards earlier this year, one of the classics is getting a remake at 20th Century Fox. Deadline has word that the studio has landed the rights to remake Guys & Dolls, the movie musical from 1955 based on the 1950 Pulitzer Prize winning stage play with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. But the real big news is that they're looking at getting Magic Mike star Channing Tatum and Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the roles originated by legends Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. Read on!
For those not aware of the classic film, the story follows Nathan Detroit (Tatum) who bets his friend Sky Masterson (Gordon-Levitt) that he can't get a wholesome female missionary to go to Havana with him. But what he doesn't tell him is that the winnings from this bet would fund a floating craps game in a town full of gamblers during the 20s. It's not clear whether or not this story would stay in the time period or if it would be set in contemporary times since there's no writer or director attached yet, and the involvement of Tatum and Gordon-Levitt is contingent on the script.
Now you might be wondering, can Tatum or Gordon-Levitt sing and dance? Well, Tatum can certainly dance after his exertions in Magic Mike and also at the Academy Awards earlier this year with Charlize Theron:
As for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, there seems to be nothing the guy can't do. And if this clip from "Saturday Night Live" is any indicator, he should have no problem singing and dancing on the big screen at all:
A remake has been circulating in some form for years, the most recent attempt being with Harvey Weinstein involved with Chicago executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron involved. Names like Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe all vied for the leads, but a deal was never finalized to sign over the rights for the film to happen. Now that the rights have been sold, it's just a matter of time before this project comes together, as long as the script is good. Teaming Tatum and Gordon-Levitt in a film would get all sorts of attention on this project, and that's a musical duo I would love to see. Thoughts?