Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. Director Todd Graff, meanwhile, might want to check the fine print on his contract with the Devil. (And, really, who ELSE could have been responsible for “Bandslam”?)
Not a month ago Graff revealed to MTV News his grand plans for a big-screen remake of the Faustian “Damn Yankees” staring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jim Carrey, including plans to update the central story of a baseball fan who sells his soul to Beelzebub with a new focus on steroids.
It’s not exactly the bottom of the ninth. But maybe it’s time for a pinch hitter?
“Man, this is–- this has been a conversation I don’t know why I keep having,” Gyllenhaal told MTV’s Larry Carroll when asked about the project this past weekend at WonderCon in San Francisco. “I’ve definitely been fascinated by that musical for a very long time, but I guess it’s still in development. Still being worked out. We’ll see.”
Chalk this one up to a star unwilling to talk about his next project? Sure. It’s not as if he denied being attached. Still, for fans of the musical looking for evidence that the remake would be moving forward sooner rather than later — It was announced way back in February of last year, during the “dark times” when the Phillies(!!!) were World Champions. *Shudder* — well, you might want to settle yourself in for a long seventh inning stretch.
In the meantime, the former “Brokeback”’d one wishes to assure you that if and when it DOES come time to patrol the ivy covered walls of Wrigley Field (updated from the Washington Senators in Graff’s take on the story), the once and future “Prince of Persia” is more than up to the song and dance challenge. Mostly.
“Yeah, I mean look man, I have been signing since I was a little kid. It’s something I’ve done alongside acting–- probably singing longer than I was acting so I am confident in that,” Gyllenhaal laughed. “My dancing, not so much. [But then] I never thought I’d swordfight either.”
“We’ll figure it out if need be.”
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