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Cult | News | 30 March 2005

Dallas on acid

Film scriptwriter speaks about bringing back JR and co.

Speaking to Reuters, Robert Harling (The First Wives Club) said that his script for the movie remake of Dallas will stay true to the spirit of the original. But if you thought that the 70s/80's super soap was overblown enough, he promises that the film will be like 'Dallas on acid'.

"It's reinventing the Ewing family as if they existed now in 2006 when the movie comes out," he said. "In this story Bobby and Pam meet, fall in love and get married, J.R. and Sue Ellen are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and we have the patriarch Jock and the matriarch Miss Ellie. These characters are outrageous - one of things I told the studio is I'd like to do 'Dallas on acid'," Harling said.

"In a two-hour or less film it's a challenge to give eight people meaty roles," he added. You have to tell the story in a way that reintroduces everything and also catches up all the fans who know it backwards and forwards. You can't disappoint those people but you must also thrill and excite the new people."

There's still no news on casting, although Brad Pitt has been linked to the role of Bobby.

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