Michael Grandage Set To Direct “Guys And Dolls” Remake At Fox



The long gestating remake of GUYS AND DOLLS at 20th Century Fox has tapped to direct the movie musical. John Goldwyn is producing the film under Working Title.

Based on the 1950 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the original big screen adaptation was released in 1955 and starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. The is based on The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure, two short stories by Damon Runyon, which focused on gangsters and gamblers of the ’20s and ’30s.

The project has been in for quite some time and big names such as Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hugh Jackman, Vin Diesel, and Russell Crowe have all been linked to starring roles at one time or another. Empire co-creator and Hunger Games scribe Danny Strong was also in talks to board the project as the screenwriter. Harvey Weinstein was also close to pinning down the film rights with Chicago executive Craig Adan and Neil Meron on board, but no deal solidified.  None of the deals satisfied Jo Loesser, widow of songwriter Frank Loesser, until Fox came along in 2013 and sealed the deal on the movie rights.

Grandage is no stranger to Guys and Dolls. He directed the stage version in 2005 on the West End starring Ewan McGregor. He also directed the upcoming feature Genius starring Jude Law, Colin Firth, and Nicole Kidman, an adaptation of the A. Scott Berg book about legendary literary editor Max Perkins.

He is repped by .


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This  was first reported by Deadline.


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