April 22, 2006

Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta in "Dallas: War of the Ewings" Movie

Posted at April 22, 2006 11:26 PM

Jennifer Lopez and John Travolta are starring in a new movie version of Dallas, directed Gurinder Chadha of "Bend It Like Beckham." This columnist named Scott Rosenberg is upset about it, for reasons that make no sense to me whatsoever:

Dallas the movie irritates me!

This journo is confused. Maybe even a little pissed off.

What is a director known for her “Brit-Asian” films doing helming an all-American icon pic like ‘Dallas’?

Now does anyone else see anything wrong here or is it just me?

No ethnic barbs being thrown here – hell, this journo has lived outside the States for over 20 years. But the 1980’s soap opera was (is) a truly American story...

Now, 20th Century Fox is going to have John Travolta play J.R., a role Larry Hagman so aptly made his own. So much so that in 1980, an estimated 83 million TV views tuned in to find out who shot J.R. in the previous season’s cliffhanger finale.

Also raising hackles of movie fans on web boards across the Internet is the pending talks for Jennifer Lopez to reprise the part of J.R.’s wife Sue Ellen, originally played by (sex-kitten) Linda Grey.

But I suppose what irks this journo the most is having ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ helmer Gurinder Chadha behind the camera, pulling everything together to propel us back to the good ‘ole days of ‘Dallas’.

Chadha, who was born in Kenya but grew up in the UK, first came into the limelight ten years ago, with the release of what was seen as the first Brit-Asian movie, ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ which was followed by “Bend It’ and in 2005 ‘Bride and Prejudice’. Chadha is presently working to adapt another American TV classic to the big screen, ‘I Dream of Jeannie’, which she will helm and has announced, will release in September this year.

"I am obviously delighted that the (‘Dallas’) deal has been confirmed after so much enthusiastic speculation. Directing a film with stars like John Travolta and J.Lo is fantastic, and shows that the market of Brit-Asian films has huge credibility and respect in Hollywood," Chadha is being reported as saying.

But ‘Dallas’ is America in all its crowning best (and worst!). It is NOT a Brit-Asian film – and that is what pisses this journo off!

Huh? Dude, you do realize that big movie last year with the cowboys was also directed by an Asian guy? This is not unusual.



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