Michael Grandage to helm remake of 1955 musical “Guys and Dolls”

– Fox has hired British stage director-producer Michael Grandage to direct its remake of the 1955 musical “Guys and Dolls”, Variety reports.

John Goldwyn is producing the picture with Working Title. Goldwyn’s grandfather Samuel Goldwyn produced the movie, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Frank Sinatra starring as Nathan Detroit, a gambler feeling the pressure from the police, and Marlon Brando as fellow gambler Sky Masterson.

The movie was based on the 1950 Broadway musical, which won the Tony for Best Musical that year. The musical was based on Damon Runyon’s stories “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Browne” and “Blood Pressure,” published in the 1930s.

Grandage directed a 2005 stage version of “Guys and Dolls” in London, starring Ewan McGregor as Sky Masterson and Douglas Hodge as Nathan Detroit. He’s currently Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company.

Grandage also directed “Genius,” the adaptation of the A. Scott Berg biography about legendary editor Max Perkins, starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Guy Pearce and Laura Linney. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are releasing “Genius” on June 10.

John Goldwyn was the former president of motion pictures at Paramount. His producing credits include a remake of “The Secret of Walter Mitty,” starring Ben Stiller, “the Guilt Trip and “I”m Not There.” He was also an executive producer on “Dexter.”

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.