Date: 1st May 2001
DANNY DeVITO is set to play the title role in a re-make of the classic 1941 comedy MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, the (1940).
The small-town yarn was originally directed by WILLIAM KEIGHLEY for WARNER BROS and starred BETTE DAVIS, ANN SHERIDAN and MONTY WOOLLEY.
Woolley, a close personal friend of gay composer COLE PORTER, reprised his Broadway role of a pompous critic who returns to his Midwestern hometown to accept an award. Things start going wrong when he goes to dinner with a wealthy local resident and is taken ill, and is forced to become an unwanted house guest.
In the new version, the critic becomes an arrogant talk-show host. A film crew member says, "Danny has been dreaming about playing this part for many years. It is one of his favourites. STEVEN SPIELBERG thinks it could become a modern-day classic." (NFA/WNWCAN/PDD)