'80s series oils cast wheels for big screen
The Regency Enterprises/20th Century Fox redo of “Dallas” is heating up.
Helmer Robert Luketic is rounding up his cast for the updated take on the classic ’80s series: He’s offered his “Monster-in-Law” star Jennifer Lopez the part of Sue Ellen Ewing, Luke Wilson is negotiating to play Bobby Ewing, John Travolta has an offer to star as J.R. Ewing and Shirley MacLaine is down for the part of Miss Ellie Ewing.
While no deals are yet in place for these thesps – Wilson is in negotiations – most of the pacts are likely to happen. And if that package does come to fruition, production is likely to commence in October after Travolta has finished up a starring role in New Line Cinema’s bigscreen version of Broadway hit “Hairspray.”
Securing someone for the part of J.R. was the first order of business in ironing out the cast. Other names that were in the mix for that role included Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner (Daily Variety, Sept. 28).
Pic has attracted a bevy of other big names.
Robert Harling and Sacha Gervasi wrote drafts of the script. The infamous sudser chronicled the exploits of wealthy Texas oil millionaires and their shady business dealings and dysfunctional families. The series centered on the Ewing family, led by patriarch Jack Ewing, who started family corporation Ewing Oil.
If a deal can be made for Lopez, “Dallas” would bring her back to studio fare after lensing back-to-back independent films. She recently wrapped Hector Lavoe biopic “El Cantante,” in which she plays Puchi to husband Marc Anthony’s Lavoe. She also has the Gregory Nava-directed indie “Bordertown” in the can. She is attached to star in “The Governess” for Sony and producer Sid Ganis.
Wilson recently starred in Fox 2000’s “The Family Stone” and next appears in the Fox pic “Idiocracy” and Fox/Regency’s “Super Ex” with Uma Thurman.
Travolta recently finished up “Lonely Hearts” alongside James Gandolfini and Salma Hayek. MacLaine last starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in “Rumor Has It” for Warner Bros.