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Channing Tatum wants to remake 1990 classic Ghost

Channing Tatum wants to remake 1990 classic Ghost

The Magic Mike star already has the rights, too.

Channing Tatum has hinted at a potential remake of the 1990s classic romance Ghost, after his production company acquired the rights.

If it goes ahead, the Magic Mike actor might even be considered for the role of Sam Wheat - Patrick Swayze's character.

Fans of the original won't have to worry too much, though, since it probably wouldn't be a direct remake. Channing plans on changing a few things, all going well.

Channing Tatum is looking at putting together a Ghost remake.
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In a Vanity Fair profile, Channing revealed that his production company Free Association, had been planning to develop a reboot.

“We actually have the rights,” he shared. “Yeah, we have the rights to Ghost.

“But we’re going to do something different,” Channing added, noting that the original has some rather problematic stereotypes.

"I think it needs to change a little bit and have our…" he continued before he was cut off.

The original Ghost tells the story of grieving girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, who has just lost her boyfriend Sam, played by Swayze, after an armed mugging.

When Sam's soul returns as a ghost, he learns that Molly is in grave danger, so enlists the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown, played by Whoopi Goldberg, to help keep the love of his life safe.

The film was a commercial success, and became the highest-grossing film that year.

Channing could potentially be taking on Patrick Swayze's role.
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Ghost is best known for its iconic pottery wheel scene and gave the 1955 song 'Unchained Melody' by Righteous Brothers a second run of the charts.

It went on to earn five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress, winning the last two.

In 2011, it was even developed into a stage musical that has been nominated for several Olivier and Tony Awards.

In more recent years, Whoopi Goldberg has hinted that the film might have had a bigger legacy if the casting wasn't as diverse.

Speaking to Deadline in 2020 about the film's lack of sequels or spinoffs, Whoopi said: "It makes you wonder, you know, 30 years later, was it because we were a mixed cast that nobody wanted to celebrate it, the way that, you know, had it been any other cast that happened to be maybe all white, people might've celebrated it?"

Channing Tatum might be the very man to turn all of that around, hinting at a modern twist on the 1990s classic for, ideally, a more enthusiastic audience.

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Topics: TV And Film, Channing Tatum