Magic Mike’s Last Dance star Channing Tatum confirms Ghost remake is in the works with him in the Patrick Swayze role, but some changes will be made.
A remake of the 1990 classic film Ghost is in the works with Channing Tatum in the leading role. Directed by Jerry Zucker, Ghost starred Patrick Swayze as banker Sam Wheat who gets murdered by his friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn) over a bad deal. He is then left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. Upon learning of Carl’s betrayal, Sam seeks the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to get his affairs in order and protect his love Molly Jensen (Demi Moore), from Carl and the dangers his group brings.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Tatum told the publication that they have secured the rights to Ghost and are moving forward with a remake of the 1990 original. Tatum said that he would star in Patrick Swayze’s iconic role, but added that some changes would have to be made in their planned rendition of the film to make it work for a modern-day audience. No specifics are known about what will change, but the changes will pertain to “problematic stereotypes” in the original film. Check out some of what Tatum had to say below:
“We actually have the rights. Yeah, we have the rights to Ghost… But we’re going to do something different. I think it needs to change a little bit…”
What A Ghost Remake Could Change About The Original
While Ghost was one of the most iconic and memorable movies of the early 1990s, a good number of things would likely have to change in Channing Tatum’s proposed remake. Despite raking in north of $500 million internationally during its theatrical run, Ghost has been scrutinized in recent years for its poorly-aged and problematic stereotypes, which Tatum alluded to in his comments. Among the stereotypes often named by viewers is the relationship dynamic between Swayze’s Jerry Zuker and Moore’s Molly Jenson. A remake of the 1990 film will likely modernize the storytelling around those central characters.
Whoopi Goldberg, who recently reprised her Star Trek role in Star Trek: Picard, isn’t known to have a presence in the remake, but she recently talked about the original movie’s social relevance in a different light. The Oda Mae Brown actor has said that a potential reason for the long wait for a Ghost remake or sequel could have to do with the diversity of the cast, telling The Independent, “We were a very mixed cast… was it because we were a mixed cast that nobody wanted to celebrate it?”
There are plenty of conversations that still follow the film, even more than 30 years after its release. Tatum’s comments make it clear that the filmmakers of the remake are aware of all those things, though, and it shouldn’t be a difficult task to make a Ghost remake that resonates with a modern audience and fans of the original film. Ghost is another movie in the growing list of Tatum’s upcoming release slate. He will star in Magic Mike’s Last Dance, which will hit theaters on February 10. He is also set to appear in Zoë Kravitz’s Pussy Island, Greg Berlanti’s Project Artemis, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s pilot comedy Wingmen. The Ghost remake is still a long way out, but now fans know what they can expect from it.
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Source: Vanity Fair