20th Century Fox has announced that they will take a gamble on a remake of the 1955 classic Guys and Dolls and they’re hoping to wrangle Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the lead roles.
Originally a hit Broadway musical, the film version of Guys and Dolls starred Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. Deadline reports that while the contracts have yet to be signed (Tatum and Gordon-Levitt likely won’t confirm until the studio nails down a screenwriter and a director), both actors have expressed interest in the project. And who wouldn’t want to try on roles once played by icons like Brando and Sinatra? Hollywood has been trying to make a modern version of MGM’s musical for ages and actors such as Russell Crowe, Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman, Jason Statham and even Vin Diesel have lined up to fill the pair’s legendary dancing shoes. At one point it was rumoured that Guy Ritchie was hoping to direct the movie however, a lawyer representing the estate of Guys and Dolls composer Frank Loesser squashed that idea. Not a fan of Ritchie’s Swept Away remake, I guess.
It’s reported to have taken some doing by Fox to get Loesser’s widow to sign off on the remake of the film about craps, coppers, and Cuba but the project is finally picking up momentum. So, time to start speculating about which actresses will find themselves in the running to play nightclub singer Miss Adelaide (fiancée to Sinatra’s Nathan Detroit character) and soul-saver Sergeant Sarah Brown (first the object of a bet, and then the object of Brando’s affections). Vivian Blaine and Jean Simmons played the dolls in the original film.
Check out Simmons and Brando shaking it in a Havana-set scene from the 1955 musical below: