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Mockingjay Screenwriter Danny Strong Hired For Guys and Dolls Remake


Danny Strong, writer of the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 and actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is taking on one of Hollywood’s most iconic musicals – Guys and Dolls

“The Strong hire marks the first real creative momentum on a project that long has captivated Hollywood. Years ago, it looked like Harvey Weinstein was getting the rights, with his Chicago exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron producing the film,” writes Deadline. “Thesps from Russell Crowe to Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman and others all tossed their hats into the ring to play the leads. Trouble was, Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser, never found a deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights until years later.”

The musical was originally on Broadway in 1950 and was adapted to film in 1955. It starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Back in April, we heard this remake might star Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And frankly, we kind of liked the that idea.

Besides Mockingjay, Strong has also recently worked on HBO’s Game Change, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. No word yet on just what direction this remake will take – will it stick closer to the stage show, the film, or perhaps modernize like Annie?

(via Deadline)

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  • Laura Truxillo

    I’m still hoping for not-Channing. I just…I nothing him. He literally leaves no impression on me in any role I’ve seen him in. IIRC, he was set to be Skye, right? (Because if JGL is going to play anyone, it would be Nathan Detroit, wouldn’t it.)

    I mean, I’m sure by now it’s a done deal, but if they can’t find someone with more genuine charisma (maybe Matthew Boehmer) for the role of Skye, then I will be more than somewhat disappointed.

  • tardis_stowaway

    Wait, Danny Strong is writing Mockingjay? And now this? Apparently that episode of Buffy where Jonathan is super famous and can do everything (“Superstar”) moves closer and closer to reality.

  • Alyson L

    No, uh uh… nope… unless they clone Sinatra…

  • Joseph Finn

    We have Joseph Gorden-Levitt, so I think we’re set.

  • Robert Vary

    Whenever I hear Channing Tatum’s name, I have to mentally cycle through Stockard Channing, Carol Channing, and Tatum O’Neal before I remember who he is.

  • Laura Truxillo

    YES THIS. Well, not that first name, but I have to fiddle with the other two, and I always run a 50/50 chance of putting his names in the wrong order.

    Also gotta say that thinking Guys and Dolls roles…shoot, suddenly I really kinda want to see Charlie Day as Nathan Detroit.

  • Seanna Tucker

    Okay, I liked The Butler.

    However, why are we not hiring people with ties to musical theatre to write film-adaptations of musicals? This just…it doesn’t sit well.