“Damn Yankees” will be a contemporary version of the 1955 musical, but will stick closely to the same story of Joe Boyd, a happily married man who suffers from a lifelong devotion to a losing baseball team. One night, Joe meets the Devil, who convinces him to sell his soul and become Joe Hardy, the all-star slugger the team is desperate for. Boyd can escape the deal, as long as he does it before the World Series — but to keep him tempted, the Devil hires the gorgeous Lola to seduce him.
Gyllenhaal will play Boyd, and Carrey will play the Devil, a choice which should shock no one. The call is out for directors and the lucky actress who will get to play Lola. But for now, the producers (who happen to be Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the duo behind “Hairspray” and “Chicago”) are concentrating on the script, which is being penned by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
The trick is to update the story without losing its appeal and famous song numbers, something which may have hampered their past attempts to revive it. That gives Gyllenhaal and Carrey plenty of time to practice their baseball … and their singing.
MTV readers, do you think the musical is back, and that Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal will prove it? Will they be able to pull it off? Or should musical numbers be left to Hugh Jackman and the Oscars?