Stars are bright in Dallas

A film based on the long-running TV drama Dallas is moving toward reality, with a cast as big as the state of Texas. John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, Shirley Maclaine, and Luke Wilson are all said to be in negotiations for roles in the upcoming TV show adaptation.

According to Variety, Travolta is in talks to play Ewing family patriarch J.R., the cunning oil baron played by Larry Hagman for all 13 seasons the series ran on TV.

Jennifer Lopez is lined up to play J.R.s long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, and Luke Wilson is in talks to play JR's comparitively noble younger brother, Bobby. Shirley Maclaine has signed on to play Miss Ellie, J.R.'s mother and the queen of Southfork Ranch, where the Ewing clan lived.

The Dallas movie is being directed by Robert Luketic, who recently did the Jennifer Lopez vehicle Monster In Law.

The Dallas production recently made news when movie producers pondered filming the movie in Toronto, Canada, due to tax breaks filmmakers receive there. The mayor of Dallas together with Dallas business groups launched a "Shoot J.R. in Dallas" campaign to lure the movie producers there.

The campaign makes a reference to the classic "Who shot J.R.?" cliffhanger of the 1979 season finale, wherein J.R. was shot by an unknown member of the family. When the show premiered the next season, a staggering 83 million viewers tuned in to find out the answer; by comparison, TV's current number-one rated show, American Idol, is a runaway hit with around 30 million viewers a week. (If you don't know who shot J.R., TV.com is not going to spoil it for you.)

As last year's Dukes of Hazzard movie showed, TV shows continue to be fodder for filmmakers.

Yesterday it was announced that Ice Cube will play Gabe Kotter in a big-screen remake of Welcome Back, Kotter. The 1970 sitcom is the show that rocketed John Travolta to stardom.

In other TV-to-film news, action-movie producer Mace Nuefeld is readying a film based on The Equalizer, an '80s series about a mercenary who helps out New York citizens with a classified ad asking, "Need help? Odds against you? Call The Equalizer." Paul McGuigan, director of Wicker Park and the upcoming Lucky Number Slevin, is lined up to helm the project.

The Kiefer Sutherland terrorist actioner 24 is also on the shooting block and may make it to theaters sooner than any of the above-mentioned projects. The producers might be readying a film for the break between the current season and the next. This move would be similar to that of another Fox show, The X-Files, which had a film in theaters while the show was still in production.

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j.lo as sue ellen ewing?! what the hell is wrong with robert luketic..scratch that out..robert lunatic!
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j.lo as sue ellen ewing?! what the hell is wrong with robert luketic..scratch that out..robert lunatic!
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Well I watched all thirteen seasons of Dallas. and if they are going to come out with a movie I will probably go see that too. If the make the Equalizer make sure he drivers a jaguar like he did in the original show. Julianne Moore should be sue ellen ewing haha just a thought anyways peace people.
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I always enjoyed Dallas and hardly missed an episode. The movie idea is good but the cast that I read so far sounds so far fetched that this should be something to see.....I am having a hard time with Jennifer Lopez as Sue Ellen Ewing, I bet Linda Gray is rolling her eyes or shrugging her shoulders...LOL
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Are you kidding? John Travolta, as J.R, Shirley Maclaine as Miss Ellie, Luke Wilson as Bobby, J Lo as Sue Ellen? This is feature film stunt casting right up there with Starsky and Hutch, the Beverly Hillbillies, the Brady Bunch and last year's Dukes of Hazzard. For anyone who enjoyed these tv shows on the big screen, this is right up your alley. For fans of these shows in their original small screen format, these movies have become satires of their favorites, and in most instances, never reaching the quality of their predecessors.
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Excuse me while I puke.
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Now...as for the Equalizer....yea, I'd go see it....but only if they had someone as good as Woodward...and only then....
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Dallas movie, eh? I don't know about that. No body can replace Larry as JR....no-body. But If they had to use someone....I don't think Travolta would be it. Unless he could come up with one killer Texan accent...
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it probably wont be in real time
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A 24 movie? Only two hours worth of real time? What if Jack gets caught in traffic?

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I never really got into Dallas that much, but it was an okay show.
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