August 24, 2007

I Got A Baaaaaad Feeling About This

The movie version of Dallas apparently is going to be reworked into a comedy:

Regency and 20th Century Fox are overhauling the bigscreen adaptation of TV series "Dallas," about the oil-rich Ewing clan, and this time they're drilling for laughs.

Betty Thomas, the director who mined two spoof movie hits from "The Brady Bunch," is in discussions to direct. Pam Brady, who most recently scripted "Hot Rod," is penning the script.

John Travolta remains attached to play slimy oil tycoon J.R. Ewing.

When the movie was derailed late last year, Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham") was directing. Luke Wilson was attached to play Bobby Ewing with Shirley MacLaine to play Miss Ellie, while producers were talking with Meg Ryan to play Sue Ellen after Jennifer Lopez dropped out.

The budget for the comic "Dallas" should be lower than the projected $65 million for the straight-faced version.

There is also hope that a comedy about the dysfunctional Ewings will appeal to a younger audience, which has become a Regency priority. Studio is eyeing a January start date.

Yeah, I remember the lines 'round the block for those Brady Bunch movies. Scalpers were selling tickets for, like, a hundred bucks a pop.

I suppose in this version of life at Southfork, the big question will be "Who Gave J.R. The Atomic Wedgie?"

Posted by Robert at August 24, 2007 11:11 AM | TrackBack

Ironically, it would be much funnier if they just played it straight and took themselves seriously. Ah well. Incidentally, my workplace is only about 10 minutes from Southfork. I wonder if they'll do any location filming?

Posted by: JohnL at August 24, 2007 11:15 AM

Wait, the episode where JR got shot wasn't a comedy?

Posted by: rbj at August 24, 2007 12:29 PM

Mom always used to call Linda Evans the Lizard Woman because her mouth always hung open and one kept expecting her to zap flies with her long, sticky tongue.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 24, 2007 12:41 PM

Linda Gray, that is.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 24, 2007 12:42 PM

Mmmm, Linda Grey vs. Linda Evans in a steel cage match.
(1980s versions of them, please)

Posted by: rbj at August 24, 2007 02:47 PM