The long-awaited “Guys and Dolls” remake is finally moving forward over at Fox, according to Deadline.
The outlet broke the news today that Tony winner Michael Grandage has signed on to helm the film. John Goldwyn is producing through Working Title, and Bernie Telsey (of Telsey + Company casting fame) is casting.
Grandage is known mostly for directing hits for the stage, including the Broadway titles “Hughie,” “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” “Evita,” “Hamlet,” “The Philanthropist,” “Mary Stuart” and “Frost/Nixon.” He won a Tony for directing the play “Red.” He also previously directed the 2005 West End revival of “Guys and Dolls,” which starred Ewan McGregor, Douglas Hodge, Jane Krakowski and Jenna Russell. His first directorial feature film effort is this year’s “Genius,” which stars Vanessa Kirby, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.
Telsey is known for casting the musical films “Rent,” “Grease! Live” and “The Last Five Years,” among others. His company is known for Broadway hits “Hamilton,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “All the Way,” “Waitress,” “Rent” and many more.
Although casting news has not been announced, back in 2013 when Fox first acquired the rights, it was rumored that Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were being eyed for roles. When the film was shopped at other studios in the past, actors such as Vin Diesel, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman had all expressed interest in the project. Deadline notes that the roles are highly coveted, and news of the project moving forward should spur an interesting casting battle of sorts.
“Guys and Dolls” first appeared on Broadway in 1950, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It was also adapted into a 1955 film that starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine.
No word yet on a tentative production start date or release date for the film.