Dallas movie is now a comedy
Well, the constant changes in cast and directors so far has been comedic, that's for sure. The project is now on its third director after Bend it Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha walked away, possibly leaving the project in the hands of Betty Thomas, who previously directed the bigscreen adaptation of The Brady Bunch.
Many big names were attached to the project, including John Travolta, Jennifer Garner, Meg Ryan, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and Shirley MacLaine. Travolta, set to play oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, is the only one who still remains.
If you're a purist and angry that they're turning a great primetime soap opera into a comedy, allow me to make you even angrier by pointing out that the studio doesn't seem to care what you think. The movie is now aiming for a younger audience, and with the addition of screenwriter Pam Brady (Hot Rod, Team America: World Police), fans of the original series can pretty much forget about a straight adaptation.
Some may disagree with me, but I thought The Brady Bunch Movie was actually quite funny and charming. It's impossible and somewhat naive to think a decades-old TV show can be translated to modern movie screens without some changes, and that seems to be what's happening with Dallas. I won't argue with anyone calling it an unnecessary bastardization, but it is what it is.