Above: Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon in the first firm version of DAMN YANKEES

Playbill reports the following about a film remake of Damn Yankees:

The classic Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical Damn Yankees is heading back to the silver screen…. The cast will be headed by film stars Jim Carrey as the Devil and Jake Gyllenhaal as Joe Boyd. The role of Lola has yet to be cast. The film will attempt to inject a contemporary feel into the 1950s musical, according to the trade paper.

The film would be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are the team behind the film adaptations of Chicago and Hairspray. The first movie that was based on the musical was by no means a classic, so a remake of Damn Yankees is a welcome idea. Let’s hope it comes to fruition.

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