The long-developing film remake of Broadway classic "Guys and Dolls" gained some momentum this week from a surprising source: Deadline reports that it just landed "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" screenwriter Danny Strong to script the project.
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Strong is a bit of a hot commodity in Hollywood lately, thanks to his scripts for films like "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Lost Symbol," and both parts of the upcoming "Mockingjay" adaptation. He won two Emmys for writing and producing 2012 miniseries "Game Change," and has also acted in a number of films and TV shows including "Mad Men," "Gilmore Girls," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Now that Strong is on board, "Guys and Dolls" will hopefully, finally pick up steam. The show debuted on Broadway in 1950, where it won the Tony for Best Musical; it was first adapted for the big screen in 1955, starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. An update was in the works several years ago, but fell apart when the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser couldn't come to an agreeable rights deal.
Deadline reports that Hollywood heavyweights like Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Vin Diesel have expressed interest in the project in the past, though now the production will likely focus on younger leads, which may include Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Here's hoping lady luck can make that pairing happen.