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Deals: J.Lo as Sue Ellen Ewing?

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9421__dallas_lThere’s always the possibility I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning and discover this blog item was just a very strange dream, but according to today’s Variety, Jennifer Lopez (near left), John Travolta, Luke Wilson, and Shirley MacLaine are negotiating to climb aboard the big-screen adaptation of the iconic ’80s soap Dallas (which starred Larry Hagman and Linda Grey, far left). Director Robert Luketic (Monster-in-Law, Legally Blonde) plans to cast the quartet as members of the oil-rich Ewing clan: J. Lo as Sue Ellen, Travolta as J.R., Wilson as Bobby, and MacLaine as Miss Ellie. Which leaves me wondering who Luketic is eyeing to play Pamela. If he wants to stir up some behind-the-scenes intrigue, how about Jennifer Garner?

In other remake news, Ice Cube is planning to produce and star in a cinematic version of ’70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, to be written and directed by The Hot Chick’s Tom Brady. According to Variety, ”the film will be played for laughs,” though given Hollywood’s track record with TV-to-movie adaptations, I think it’s best if the film’s producers let us be the judge of that.

Which brings me to this question: Which one of these movies are you most looking forward to? And yes, smart alecks, ”none of the above” is an acceptable answer.

Originally posted March 14 2006 — 2:08 PM EST

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