Film and TV

There's Probably Not Gonna Be a Dallas Movie. But a New TV Show? Looks Like It.

Can't believe it -- we get to use our "Ugh, More New About the Dallas Movie" slug again, long after that remake died a slow death some time in '07. Only this time, according to The New York Times, J.R. Ewing's not getting the big-screen makeover, courtesy John Travolta or whoever was on deck to play the oilman way back when, but a TV do-over. And it appears as though it's headed to TNT. Writes Brooks Barnes:

The show would focus on the next generation of Ewings, namely John Ross (the offspring of J.R. and Sue Ellen for those of you who are Dallas neophytes) and Christopher (the adopted son of Bobby and Pam who, devotees will remember, is the progeny of Sue Ellen's sister, Kristin, the famed shooter of J.R.)

As always with gestating creative projects, it's no guarantee that TNT will pull the trigger on a full-blown series once the pilot is made. But members of the original cast -- including Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy -- have been contacted for their participation. Some, if not all, are on board -- at least with their blessing.
Warners and TNT wouldn't talk to The Times, which says Fox is still trying to get that movie off the ground (dear sweet fancy Moses). But I've got a call into Janis Burklund, head of the Dallas Film Commission, to see what she's heard. Guess it's time to whip out those "Shoot JR in Dallas" bumper stickers again. Wonder if Laura Miller's got any left.

Update: Burklund tells Unfair Park she was unaware of specific plans to redo Dallas for the small screen. But, she adds rather cryptically, "There are several projects we're dealing with going by 'Untitled.''' Any of 'em from Warners or TNT? She'd rather not say.

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