Friday, May 12, 2006

"Dallas" movie gets a new director

Kenyan-born and London-bred filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has signed on to direct the new "Dallas" movie, set to begin filiming this year, the BBC reports. Chadha told the BBC that this incarnation of the popular CBS 1980s TV show will reflect our more contemporary world, though it will be true to the original characters.

"But it's set today and all the characters are much more extreme versions of how we remember them," she said.

Chadha replaces director Robert Luketic, who left the project last month. To read the BBC's whole story:

Chadha is also attached to direct a movie version of Larry Hagman's other big show, "I Dream of Jeannie," ironically. Longtime novelist and prolific TV writer Sidney Sheldon, originator of the 1960s TV series, is involved in the writing of the project, as well.

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