Dallas hits big screen

October 15, 2004 - 7:40AM

The doings of the Ewings from the classic US soap opera Dallas are set to be revived in a big-screen version of the hit show, the entertainment press reported today.

The fictional scheming family of oil magnates from Southfork Ranch will be reincarnated and brought into the 21st century in a feature film to be produced by Regency Enterprises and released by 20th Century Fox.

Industry bible Daily Variety said that Regency had struck a deal with Robert Luketic, who made the hit 2001 comedy Legally Blonde, to direct Dallas, the movie.

The movie will give a modern spin to the Ewing family and their oil business that were first introduced to the public in the television series that aired from 1978-1991 and became a worldwide hit.

The Dallas movie will be set in an oil industry reeling from the scandal-bathed collapse of US energy giant Enron and will featuring the plotting JR Ewing as the head of the family business, Variety said.

While no details of the planned production were immediately available, reports have suggested that British star Catherine Zeta-Jones and US heart throb Brad Pitt were under consideration for leading roles.

The script for the movie will be written by Robert Harling, who penned such hits as The First Wives Club and Steel Magnolias, Variety and Hollywood Reporter said.


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