Simon Cowell wants to remake Saturday Night Fever.
The UK Sun says the American Idol judge has been in negotiations with film producer Robert Stigwood “for weeks.” Stigwood, legendary music bigwig of the 60s and 70sand the former manager of Cream and the Bee Gees, owns the right to the screenplay.
The Sun says Simon has apparently drawn up a wishlist of talent to prove to Robert that his version will be “a match” for the 1977 classic, and Zac Efron is the top pick for the role of Tony Manero, originally played by John Travolta.
Timbaland is name checked as the potential soundtrack producer.
A source said “Robert was keen to get some assurances the original wouldn’t be completely butchered before he agreed to the deal.
“Simon has been drawing up a list of people he wants to get involved. When that meets Robert’s expectations, the contracts will be signed.”
2.Why must they remake EVERYTHING?
3.Why is this Zac Efron dude, who is talented enough I suppose but surely not the only singing and dancing male in the Hollywood area, slated to star in everything? First Footloose and now this?
4.First Footloose and now this….(**someone just reminded me that Efron turned down the Footloose role – and I actually blogged about it – still, heWAS offered it and theyARE remaking it)
5.Where are they going to find someone as talentless – as both a dancer and an actress – as Karen Lynn Gorney to play Stephanie Mangano?
6.Despite Gorney’s inability to do ANYTHING, Saturday Night Fever is actually an excellent film with some seriously hard hitting drama but it belongs in the 70s and should be left ALONE! Robert Stigwood, if you are reading this PLEASE reconsider. If any of Robert Stigwood’s friends are reading this, please make my wishes known. If you do this for me, I’ll buy you a drink at some point in the future.
7.The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is genius and does not need to be reworked with endless beats, loops and effectsby Timbaland. Bee Gees basslines are just fine the way they are.
8.The Sun points out that Simon Cowell might use the people on his Syco label to recreate said soundtrack. These people include Leona Lewis and Il Divo.