Saturday, April 22, 2006

Is Gurinder Chadha More Evil Than Nora Ephron?

Gurinder Chadha, the director who taunted us all with Bride and Prejudice, has ramped up the evil a notch by announcing that she's doing not one, but two movies based on Larry Hagman TV shows:


British director Gurinder Chadha announced Friday that she would direct John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in a big-screen version of 80s TV show "Dallas." The "Bend it Like Beckham" director said she had signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct the film, which will star Travolta as villainous oil magnate J.R. Ewing and Lopez as his wife Sue Ellen...

Chadha, who gave Jane Austen a Bollywood twist in last year's "Bride and Prejudice," is also involved with adapting another TV hit, 60s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." She said that film "is still in the pipeline, but there is still some way to go on the script."


Larry, please, intervene and save your legacy. And maybe Linda Gray should lodge a formal anti-J-Lo protest while we're at it.

3 comments:

Sterfish said...

I don't if she's better or worse than the first director hired for the Dallas project, Robert Luketic (the director of Legally Blonde).

Heather said...

"I Dream of Jeannie: The Movie"?! Will Nora Ephron be back to helm "The Flying Nun: The Movie" and do you think they'll be able to get Sally Field to play the Mother Superior?

John said...

I would imagine in this contest, Ephron will be the more pretentious, for doing a "I'm too clever/intellegent to do a movie that's faithful to the TV show it's based on," while Chadha's film will simply take the original premise and then dumb it down (which is pretty hard to do with "Jeanine", since it dumbed itself down by midway through it's second season).