Bill Condon to Direct Guys and Dolls Movie Adaptation

Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and Disney’s remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” is taking on another famed movie musical.

Condon has signed on to direct “Guys and Dolls,” an adaptation of the Broadway smash by Frank Loesser. TriStar Pictures, which operates under Sony, acquired rights in 2019 to the original Damon Runyon short stories about gamblers and gangsters in the New York underworld, as well as the rights to the Broadway musical and Samuel Goldwyn’s 1995 film adaptation.

“Guys and Dolls” opened on Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1,200 performances. The show, a winner of the Tony Award for best musical, mounted several Broadway and London revivals. Five years after its Broadway premiere, it was made into a successful film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine.

John Goldwyn and Marc Toberoff will serve as producers on “Guys and Dolls.” Nicole Brown and Shary Shirazi are overseeing for the studio.

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When it comes to movie musicals, Condon has an enviable track record. His live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle, was a massive box office success, earning $1.2 billion globally and cementing its place as the highest-grossing live-action movie musical. He also directed Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce in the Oscar-winning “Dreamgirls,” which collected $155 million at the worldwide box office, and co-wrote the Hugh Jackman-led sleeper hit “The Greatest Showman.” Outside of the song and dance space, Condon’s credits include “Gods and Monsters” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.” Condon is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news of Condon’s hiring.

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