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20th Century Fox remaking Guys and Dolls

1 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has given the go ahead to a remake of the classic musical Guys and Dolls, with Michael Grandage (Genius) set to direct from a script by Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).

Based on Damon Runyon’s short stories and the 1950 stage musical, Guys and Dolls was previously adapted for the screen by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1955 and starred Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit, a gambler looking to set up an unlicensed game of craps. In order to do so, he makes a bet with acquaintance Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) where Sky must take the girl of Nathan’s choosing to dinner in Havana, with Nathan nominating the wholesome missionary sister Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons).

Grandage has previously directed a West End stage version back in 2005, which starred Ewan McGregor as Sky Masterston and Douglas Hodge as Nathan Detroit. »

- Gary Collinson

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Fox Moves Ahead with ‘Guys and Dolls’ Film, Michael Grandage Directing

31 May 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has hired British stage director-producer Michael Grandage to direct its remake of the 1955 musical “Guys and Dolls.”

John Goldwyn is producing the picture with Working Title. Goldwyn’s grandfather Samuel Goldwyn produced the movie, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Frank Sinatra starring as Nathan Detroit, a gambler feeling the pressure from the police, and Marlon Brando as fellow gambler Sky Masterson.

The movie was based on the 1950 Broadway musical, which won the Tony for Best Musical that year. The musical was based on Damon Runyon’s stories “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Browne” and “Blood Pressure,” published in the 1930s.

Grandage directed a 2005 stage version of “Guys and Dolls” in London, starring Ewan McGregor as Sky Masterson and Douglas Hodge as Nathan Detroit. He’s currently Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company.

Grandage also directed “Genius,” the adaptation of the A. Scott Berg biography about legendary editor Max Perkins, »

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Grandage To Helm "Guys and Dolls" Remake

31 May 2016 9:31 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Michael Grandage ("Genius") has been announced as the director of "Guys and Dolls," 20th Century Fox and Working Title's upcoming remake of the classic stage and screen musical.

Adapted from Damon Runyon's short stories about the rogue gangsters and gamblers of the 1920s and 1930s, the previous film version starred Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. The likes of Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were linked to a previous version of this remake, while Russell Crowe, Vin Diesel and Hugh Jackman have all mentioned desires to be involved in the past.

John Goldwyn is producing. Grandage is familiar with the property, he directed a stage version of the musical on the West End in 2005. That production starred Ewan McGregor as Masterson and Douglas Hodge as Nathan Detroit.

Source: Deadline »

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