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We Thought You Should Know There Might be a Guys and Dolls Movie With Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt

We’ll freely admit that this isn’t really in our purview, as a geeky blog, aside, perhaps, from the tenuous argument that could be made that folks who are super into “musicals” to be pretty geeky in their own ways. But if there’s something that stops all three editors cold as our brain short circuit and we can only whisper “yes. perfect.” at our computer screens because if we talk any louder we might scare the perfect thing away, it probably deserves a post.

Like, for example, a Guys and Dolls movie with Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt in roles made famous by Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.

Deadline announced yesterday that 20th Century Fox had nabbed the film rights to Guys and Dolls, that more than half a century old musical depicting the hijinks and redemption of a couple of slickly attired gamblers and petty criminals at the hands of circumstance and their dolls, which in 1955 was made into a very successful film starring Marlon BrandoJean SimmonsFrank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. But hopefully, if you’ve clicked this far, you already know what Guys and Dolls is.

From Deadline:

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.

Simply going by broad physical shape, I think we can safely assume that Tatum will be in the role of Sky Masterson, with Levitt as Nathan Detroit. Never let it be said that we can’t acknowledge perfect casting when we see it. And as Inception taught us: you can never have enough Joseph Gordon-Levitt wearing a suit.

(via Deadline.)

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  • TKS

    As a theatre teacher, can i say that not even JGL can save that musical? Hell, not even Brando and Sinatra could save that musical.

  • WendyD

    The idea of making a new film version of this musical and not including Harry Connick, Jr. is laughable.

  • Anonymous

    Can I at least have Nathan Lane as Harry the Horse?

    And I will watching the casting of Nicely Nicely with great interest.

  • Betty Windsor

    How…are they going to…sing? Dancing I can see, but what?

  • Robert Vary

    I wonder if it’ll be more like the stage musical or like the movie? The movie significantly punched up a lot of the dialogue and gave Nathan Detroit quite a bit more singing than on stage, including a brand new song because, you know, Sinatra.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Tatum? Really? Mr. Bland-face himself?

    Ah well, Levitt as Nathan Detroit will be a treat.

  • Julianna Condor

    Actually, JGL is a great singer. He’s absurdly talented. I’ve never heard Tatum sing, but then again Brando didn’t really have much in the pipes department.

  • Erica Tomas

    I will pay $15 of my hard-earned money to sit in a theater and watch JGL simply stand around in suit and fedora for 110 minutes. Singing and dancing would just be a bonus.

  • Brian

    I see JGL more as Masterson, and as Detroit… I don’t know, Zach Braff? Nathan Detroit shouldn’t be suave, he should be schlubby and kind of desperate. I’m sure Levitt can play it, though. As for Tatum… he can play Big Julie. Also, Benny and Nicely-Nicely should be JK Simmons and Nathan Lane.

  • Karina M

    YESSSSSSSSSS JGL would be an excellent Nathan Detroit. (Nathan Lane gave him the schlubby and desperate vibe he should not have had)
    PLEASE SOMEONE nail down DanRad to play Nicely Nicely! TKS: I agree with you but the idea of JGL and DanRad hoofing it on the big screen is just about worth sitting through “I’ve Never Been In Love Before.”
    Not thrilled about Channing but if he suddenly was replaced with Darren Criss or even Matthew Morrison I might die of happiness.

  • Karina M

    JK SIMMONS! Can Allison Janney then be the matron in the Christian band?

  • Lisa Jensen

    As a theater major, I can assure you that theater people are super geeky. Also, this sound neat! Not big a fan of this musical, but it sounds like it’ll be worth a look.

  • Brian

    As of this moment, I’d be furious if she weren’t. For the record, that casting is not original to me. Simmons played Benny opposite Lane’s Detroit in 1992. The soundtrack is one of the better ones out there for those two pieces of casting alone. Simmons sings the title song with Walter Bobbie, in one of his last parts before he started directing. I can’t find an easy link to that song, but he’s in the background here, plus there’s bonus Ernie Sabella, because as Nathan Lane goes, so goes he:

  • Brian

    Oh, jeez, his “Luck Be A Lady” was dire. Yikes.

  • Brian

    He can be Rusty Charlie. That part’s just asking for a cameo.

  • Betty Windsor

    He has stage singing down. But as far as being a great singer, I can’t agree. To me he would be fine and charming as the lesser singer, but I suppose I’m thinking that they need someone of Sinatra quality at least. Oh goodness, now we’re getting into why this is a bad idea in general.

  • Samantha Port

    Is is sad that the thing I’m most excited about this for is that it’ll probably cause the uprising of an actual Guys & Dolls fandom? Back when I saw a stage production of it at a friend’s high school, she and I got REALLY into it and bought the soundtrack and we shipped Sky/Nathan. I know, I know, shut up. We actually even started to make a comic about it. Seriously. Now, years later, I MAY ACTUALLY GET TO READ FIC! HOLY CRAP! EXTREMELY DELAYED GRATIFICATION!

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you on this. Just reading your headline, my immediate reaction was “Yes! Why hasn’t anyone done this already? It’s PERFECT!”

    And I don’t even really like Channing Tatum…