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Damn Yankees remake will be Jerry Maguire with songs and steroids

03.22.2010

If you haven't heard, the director behind BANDSLAM and writer of BEAUTICIAN AND THE BEAST, Todd Graff is helming a remake of the baseball musical DAMN YANKEES.

Now throw in Jim Carrey & Jake Gyllenhaal then top it off with the pair possibly singing about steroids and you definitely have an "interesting" project.

It's been awhile since we've had any news on the remake, now Graff is talking about his own vision for the film. Let's start with how the film applies in today's world:

"If a character like Joe Hardy who's the character in 'Damn Yankees' sprung out of nowhere and was hitting 70 home runs in a season, who would not think immediately 'steroids'? So [steroids] is not even a side character for us; it's our main character. No one is going to think, 'Oh, it's because he made a deal with the devil!' They'd think, 'He's juicing!'

Graff claims he knows his shit though, "DAMN YANKEES will be a big, movie-star movie. I said, 'Listen, there may be writer/directors out there who know more about musicals ... there may be writer/directors out there who know more about baseball, but I guarantee you, there is no writer/director out there that knows more about musicals and more about baseball and hates the Yankees as much as I do.'"

"It should feel like 'Jerry Maguire' with songs. It should really feel like the real world of a major sports franchise and what would happen with this fantastical goofy, funny idea of a baseball fanatic who sold his soul to Jim Carrey as the devil in order to be turned into a 20-year-old Joe Mauer," said Graff on his pitch for the film.

Here are some other details that you may or may not agree with:

- The film will be dropping some of the songs from the original, however, "Whatever Lola Wants" is staying in. Also five or six new songs will be added.

- Obviously, the Washington Senators aren't around anymore so what team will replace them? The best candidate they say is the Cubs.

- Bob Fosse's famed choreography is out. Graff says they're going for, "more of a muscular, athletic, youthful, sexy movie. We're going to be less brittle, less razzle-dazzly and aim to knock your socks off with the athleticism."

- Graff is currently looking for his Lola.

Extra Tidbit: When will these Damn Yankees get their own movie?
Source: MTV

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9:18PM on 03/22/2010
Sounds like a good way to modernize it. I'm up for it.
Sounds like a good way to modernize it. I'm up for it.
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8:30PM on 03/22/2010
I love musicals, so obviously this is getting a green box from me.
I love musicals, so obviously this is getting a green box from me.
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7:49PM on 03/22/2010
Xanadu killed the musical movies back in the early 80's. Will this one kill the musical movies of this decade?
Xanadu killed the musical movies back in the early 80's. Will this one kill the musical movies of this decade?
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7:25PM on 03/22/2010

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID . . .

". . . , there is no writer/director out there that knows more about musicals . . "

Oh yeah, then why the F*CK are you taking a great, classic musical, and essentially reinventing it with new songs, updating the time frame and teams, and including STEROIDS? There's a REASON Rob Marshall didn't turn "Chicago" into a gangsta/hip-hop picture. And it was a good enough film to win Best Picture. LEAVE IT AS IT IS, a period piece where you don't have to go out of your way to EXPLAIN things to a
". . . , there is no writer/director out there that knows more about musicals . . "

Oh yeah, then why the F*CK are you taking a great, classic musical, and essentially reinventing it with new songs, updating the time frame and teams, and including STEROIDS? There's a REASON Rob Marshall didn't turn "Chicago" into a gangsta/hip-hop picture. And it was a good enough film to win Best Picture. LEAVE IT AS IT IS, a period piece where you don't have to go out of your way to EXPLAIN things to a modern audience.
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