Channing Tatum will re-imagine Patrick Swayze’s Ghost

Channing Tatum’s production company owns the rights to the seductive 1990 romantic drama Ghost and is planning a remake.

“We actually have the rights,” the Magic Mike XXL star producer revealed in a Vanity Fair interview published Tuesday. The actor was interviewed while throwing clay with the interviewer how to do it.

The ‘Bullet Train’ actor and ‘Dog’ star-director, 42, added he could potentially play the role of the late Patrick Swayze in the supernatural thriller, which was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker.

Swayze, who died in 2009, played New York investment banker Sam Wheat, who is killed and returns as a ghost to solve his own murder. In his afterlife, he tries to better express his love for his girlfriend, played by Demi Moore, through a reluctant medium, played by Whoopi Goldberg, in an Oscar-winning round.

The summer release cemented Swayze as both an actor and a heartthrob, forever merging a sensual clay-throwing scene with the art of pottery. The runaway hit made nearly $218 million at the domestic box office and $288 million internationally, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1990.

According to Vanity Fair, Tatum’s production company, Free Association, is trying to put the remake together and will be making changes to eliminate some problematic stereotypes associated with the original film. (In 2020, Goldberg suggested that racism and perhaps an unenthusiastic response to the film’s multiracial cast prevented the classic film from spawning spin-offs and additional adaptations.)

“[W]We’re going to do something different,” Tatum said. “I think it has to change a little bit and our…”

But the actor never finished his thoughts – because he was very distracted by the “very, very sexual” pottery he was making.

Tatum and Free Association officials did not immediately respond to Times requests for comment Tuesday.

The actor is next set to hit the big screen in Magic Mike’s Last Dance on February 10, where he reunites with Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh for the final installment in the stripper saga that follows Tatum’s early career based as an exotic dancer. The film has also spawned a live show in Las Vegas and an HBO Max reality show.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2023-01-17/channing-tatum-ghost-rights-remake-patrick-swayze Channing Tatum will re-imagine Patrick Swayze’s Ghost

Sarah Ridley

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