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Deadline reports Fox has hired The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 scribe Danny Strong to translate the Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows' book into a cinematic event sure to lure in modern audiences.
Based on Damon Runyon's short stories, Guys and Doll is set in 1920s New York City, and centers on a pair of deceitful gangsters, Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. The latter is working on setting up a high-grossing craps game, but to make it a reality he needs start up. So, of course he places a bet. But instead of gambling on horses, he gambles on the playboy prowess of Masterson, betting him he can't possibly charm the prim and proper missionary Sarah Brown into running off for a romantic weekend in Havana. The musical is known for songs like "Luck Be A Lady," and "Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat," and its 1955 movie version was headlined by Marlon Brando as Masterson, and Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit. Check out Brando belting one of these classic tunes below, with plenty of bravado and old school sex appeal.
The dream of a new Guys and Doll has been floating around Hollywood for a few years now. Harvey Weinstein once pursued the rights, and was angling for Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to make it a reality. But even though leading men like Russell Crowe, Vin Diesel and Hugh Jackman have been pursuing the roles of Masterson and Detroit, Loesser's widow Jo wouldn't budge on the play's rights, never liking the proposed deals. Somehow Fox has since won her over, and as of last spring was going way younger than the Les Mis stars and Diesel for the lead roles. Back in April, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra co-stars Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were being eyed for the leads. There's no news on whether the pair are still attached to the project, but at least we know they've got some serious chops when it comes to dancing.
But can they sing? Uh. Sort of.
With a screenwriter in place, developments could be fast and furious. We'll continue to report what we learn.