Over the last few years, big-screen adaptations of hit Broadway musicals have been mighty fruitful for movie studios. With In The Heights recently being met with rave reviews and Dear Evan Hansen on the way this fall, it appears another classic is getting the film treatment. As first reported by Deadline, a Guys And Dolls movie in the works with Oscar winner Bill Condon on board to direct.
Per the initial report, TriStar Pictures purchased remake rights to the show’s original short stories back in March 2019. Additionally, the studio also scored the rights to the Broadway musical’s book, written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, as well as its music, penned by Frank Loesser. Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon will helm the feature with John Goldwyn (MacGruber) and Marc Toberoff (Fantasy Island) executive producing.
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Guys And Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950. It would go on to run for 1,200 performances and win the Tony Award for Best Musical. Since then, the musical has had several Broadway and London revivals as well. Moreover, MGM Studios produced a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine.
An adaptation of writer Damon Runyon’s short stories, Guys And Dolls is set in Depression-era Times Square. The overlapping stories follow high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. The production features memorable tunes such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”
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