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A 'Laverne and Shirley' Remake for the Big Screen?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 10:37AM
laverne_and_shirley_bowlingSchlemiel! Schlimazel! Are you ready to see America's most beloved Milwaukee girls on the make on the big screen? According to director Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days,' he has hopes to put the spinoff from that show, the successful 'Laverne & Shirley' to the movies. As with all the other hopes for silver screen adaptations, this one comes with some fanciful casting attached, too.

Garry was on 'Extra' promoting his new romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day' and revealed the 'Laverne & Shirley' dream casting: Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. That's right. This pair of Shotz Brewery factory employees -- who live in a basement apartment in 1960 Milwaukee and struggle to find the men of their dreams -- would be played by two of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Is that a cynical way of looking at it? Yes, it is.

Maybe we'll get Ashton Kutcher and Ryan Reynolds as Lenny and Squiggy. Aspiring singer Carmine Ragusa -- the big Ragu -- could be Justin Timberlake.

Aside from the pie-in-the-sky casting, the idea of a revamped 'Laverne & Shirley' isn't the worst idea ever. (That would be Will Smith as Jim West in 'The Wild, Wild West.') However, as much as Garry can see box office in Garner and Biel, the key to the comic success of the original show was the way Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams worked together. They had chemistry. They were like Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, Lucy and Ethel on 'I Love Lucy' and even 'The Lucy Show.' The comedy was very physical and loaded with slapstick and shtick. That's stuff that's not so easy to re-create.

If enthusiasm counts for anything, then Jennifer Garner earns brownie points. She'd love to do the remake. Speaking for Jessica Biel, too, she told Mario Lopez on 'Extra,' "Are you kidding? We're dying to do it!"

Well, maybe if Garry hired Penny to direct the feature, it might have a chance? She did direct 'Awakenings,' 'Big' and 'A League of Their Own,' and she probably knows the characters better than anyone in the world, even Cindy Williams!

Sigh... where's Boo Boo Kitty when you need her?

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Ginnifer Goodwin from Big Love looks just like Shirley..I don't know who looks like Laverne but Laverne...LOL

February 15 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sandra Bullock....Laverne
the actress who played Cheryl Frasier in Miss Congeniality(sorry can't remember her name) as ....Shirley
can't see Justin Timberlake as the mighty Italian Big Ragu

February 13 2010 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A bad idea that will never work least of all with Garner and Biel.

February 13 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Alf should be made next

February 13 2010 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is going to be a complete disaster! The only thing I'm excited for is that when a big screen version of a television series, dvd sets of the original usually go on sale. Maybe Paramount will even finally release Season 5. I've only been waiting for like a thousand years! See, I found a purpose for Jessica Biels existence... well, one that doesn't involve masturbation.

February 13 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry Stafford

I am SO *NOT* paying ten or twelve bucks to watch that. Whattsamatta, Hollywood? Can't you find ANYTHING actually WORTH making a movie about?

February 13 2010 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buddy chan

Amanda Bynes and miley cyrus would be the dream team for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 13 2010 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I could play Lavern with no problem, I was brought up on the show, and, further more, my name is Penny

February 13 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That is absurd. No one can do LaVerne and Shirley like Penny and Cindy...I for one would not even bother with the movie. Just bring back the original to TV and I will watch it all the time.

February 13 2010 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can't improve on perfection -- which is what the original show was! The timing, the screwball, physical comedy was always great! There aren't two actresses alive today who can match the talent of Cindy and Penny. Leave it alone!

February 13 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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