'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.