The long-delayed movie remake of the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls apparently is moving forward at 20th Century Fox with the announcement of Tony-winning Englishman Michael Grandage as director, according to Deadline.
Grandage earned his Tony Award for Best Direction in 2010 for his work on the drama Red. His work on Broadway has included the 2012 revival of Evita, the 2007 drama Frost/Nixon and this past season's Hughie with Forest Whitaker. He directed a successful London revival of Guys and Dolls in 2005.
No casting or production timetable was announced. Since 20th Century Fox announced it had acquired the rights in 2013, it was reported that the studio wanted Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson, the roles played originally on Broadway in 1950 by Sam Levene and Robert Alda and in the 1955 film by Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. No word on whether they are still involved. Grandage's 2005 revival starred Douglas Hodge as Detroit with Ewan McGregor as Masterson.
Other names floated for the main roles have included Russell Crowe to Vin Diesel and Hugh Jackman.
The “musical fable of Broadway” tells the story of a group of 1920s Times Square gamblers who make a bet that changes all their lives. The Frank Loesser score includes “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat” and “Adelaide's Lament.” The book is written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. No word on who would write the screenplay. The original production ran 1,200 performances at the theatre now known as the Richard Rodgers, where Hamilton plays today.
Guys and Dolls has been produced on Broadway a total of six times. The two most recent revivals starred Nathan Lane and Faith Prince in 1992 and Oliver Platt and CraIg Bierko in 2009. The show is a perennial favorite among school and amateur theatre companies, and there remain few in the theatre business who haven't appeared in a production at one time or another.