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New Dallas director

08.24.2007

The ongoing saga of the DALLAS feature film has taken another turn today with Fox hiring Betty Thomas to direct a new take. The project came extremely close to going into production a few years ago with a cast that included John Travolta, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and Shirley MacLaine but director Robert Luketic dropped out. He was replaced with Gurinder Chadha (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM) and that didn't go over well with most of the cast. Travolta stayed on but all the other cast members dropped out leaving Chadha to work on her own vision of the film. Whatever vision that was it couldn't have made either Fox or Travolta very happy because she's no longer involved in the project and Thomas has been brought in to provide a fresh take to the actor. While other versions of the script have tried to take a more serious approach to the material, Thomas will look to turn the film into a broader comedy. Keep in mind Thomas directed THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE, which was probably one of the more successful TV-to-movie comedy adaptations. Then again, she also directed I, SPY so... Thomas is working with Pam Brady, who wrote the HOT ROD script before the Lonely Island boys became attached, on a new script. Fox is hoping the new comedy version will a) cost less than a dramatic flick and b) appeal to a younger audience.

Extra Tidbit: Thomas is an Emmy winner for her role in the 80s series "Hill Street Blues."
Source: Variety

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6:56PM on 08/24/2007
No. Just NO!!!!

Responding to theotherness, they'd probably turn it into a stupid comedy with some parody. I'd be crying, since I'm a LOST fan.
No. Just NO!!!!

Responding to theotherness, they'd probably turn it into a stupid comedy with some parody. I'd be crying, since I'm a LOST fan.
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6:37PM on 08/24/2007
to theotherness there are two points: the obvious first is money. Dallas was a history making T.V. show with a brand name, bringing it to a movie is a natch. The second point is Hollywood can do nothing original anymore--hasn't for years. They should at least make it a serious drama. It was a Texas baked I Claudius after all. I might be interested, but no, send in the clowns--they'll make a dramatic movie out of My Mother the Car.
to theotherness there are two points: the obvious first is money. Dallas was a history making T.V. show with a brand name, bringing it to a movie is a natch. The second point is Hollywood can do nothing original anymore--hasn't for years. They should at least make it a serious drama. It was a Texas baked I Claudius after all. I might be interested, but no, send in the clowns--they'll make a dramatic movie out of My Mother the Car.
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3:42PM on 08/24/2007
Oh man I hope this is a dream.

Seeing that it's Dallas...it probably is.

BAH-ZING!
Oh man I hope this is a dream.

Seeing that it's Dallas...it probably is.

BAH-ZING!
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11:47AM on 08/24/2007
Don't worry. This movie should come pretty soon... around the same time that Guns N' Roses "Chinese Democracy" and Duke Nukem Forever get released.
Don't worry. This movie should come pretty soon... around the same time that Guns N' Roses "Chinese Democracy" and Duke Nukem Forever get released.
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7:47AM on 08/24/2007
Oh gyeaaad...are you KIDDING?!

Great, so if they don't make a LOST movie while the show is still going, they'll release one twenty years from now WITHOUT any of the original people in their respective roles?

Can I ask what the, um, POINT of this IS?!!
Oh gyeaaad...are you KIDDING?!

Great, so if they don't make a LOST movie while the show is still going, they'll release one twenty years from now WITHOUT any of the original people in their respective roles?

Can I ask what the, um, POINT of this IS?!!
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