TriStar Pictures is hoping for some luck at the box office: The studio is working on a new version of classic musical "Guys and Dolls."
Variety has the scoop that the studio is looking to multiple sources of inspiration for this latest adaptation, and has purchased the remake rights not only to the Damon Runyon short stories on which the stage show was originally based, but the rights to the Broadway version (with a book penned by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and music composed by Frank Loesser), and the famous 1955 film version.
That classic feature, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, and Vivian Blaine, and was nominated for four Academy Awards. The musical's iconic songbook includes tunes such as "Luck Be a Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."
The show has been a Broadway staple since its debut back in 1950, where it ran for three years and took home five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A popular 1992 revival starred Nathan Lane, turning him into a theater star.
"Guys and Dolls" is just the latest hit musical to get a big screen adaptation over the years, following film versions of "Chicago," "Hairspray," "Les Miserables," and "Into the Woods," among others. But musicals have become even more popular recently (hello, "The Greatest Showman"), and the filmmakers behind this project no doubt want to capitalize on the boom that will bring shows like "Wicked," "Cats," and "West Side Story" to theaters over the next few years.
Stay tuned to see how this version fares.