'Hunger Games' Danny Strong to Pen GUYS AND DOLLS Reboot
Deadline reports that following two and a half years of negotiations, 20th Century Fox is moving ahead with a remake of the classic musical GUYS AND DOLLS, featuring music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The story is based on Damon Runyon's short stories "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure." The original film version starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
Danny Strong, who recently penned the final two installments of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, has been tapped to write the screenplay. Strong's recent film credits include Lee Daniels The Butler and the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol.
GUYS AND DOLLS centers on a group of fun-loving gangsters and gamblers during the 1920's who are hindered in their efforts to set up a floating crap game due to financial constraints. To earn the money needed, Nathan Detroit makes a bet with fellow gambler Sky Masterson that Sky will not be able to win over the heart of missionary Sarah Brown.
Several years ago it was reported that Harvey Weinstein was acquiring the rights to the musical, along with his 'Chicago' executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Yet Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser, was not satisfied with the terms of the deal and eventually declined to turn over the rights. The news of Strong's hiring marks the first time a creative step has been taken since then and gives a glimmer of hope that the project may indeed come to fruition.
Frank Loesser wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, with Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows writing the book. It made its premiere on Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1200 performances, picking up the Tony Award for Best Musical. Among its many Broadway and West End incarnations is the 1992 Broadway revival directed by Jerry Zaks, and starring Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit, Peter Gallagher as Sky, Faith Prince as Adelaide and Josie de Guzman as Sarah. The production, which played 1,143 performances, received eight Tony Award nominations, and won four, including Best Revival of a Musical, and the show also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival.
A 2009 Broadway revival of the show opened on March 1, 2009 at the Nederlander Theatre. The cast featured Oliver Platt as Nathan Detroit, Lauren Graham, in her Broadway debut, as Adelaide,Craig Bierko as Sky and Kate Jennings Grant as Sarah. Des McAnuff directed.