Knowing that in Hollywood everything is remade, it was just a matter of time. And actor Channing Tatum confirmed in an interview with Variety that his production company is already working on a remake of Ghost. “We have the rights, but let’s do something different. I think it needs to change a little bit,” he told EW in regard to what he explained were “problematic stereotypes.”
Directed by Jerry Zucker, Ghost was released in July 1990 and became a pop culture phenomenon, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year (over $500 million globally), as well as receiving a Best Picture nomination at the 1991 Academy Awards and earning Whoopi Goldberg her first Actress Oscar. The scenes with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore to the sound of the song Unchained Melody are among the most famous in cinema.
The plot revolves around Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), a murdered banker, whose ghost sets out to save his girlfriend, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore), from the person who killed him, his best friend Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwin) – with the help from psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg). The innovative premise was to tell the story from the perspective of the “ghost”, not the survivors. The film mixes humor, adventure, and romance and it is… perfect.
Naturally, Channing is considering playing Sam, but nothing has been said about casting yet. At the time, Patrick Swayze (not a major star) got a role that was turned down by Bruce Willis (then Demi Moore‘s husband) and came to be considered for stars like Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox and to Tom Cruise. Molly was discussed by Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts before going to Demi, who was successful with her haircut (which became a fashion). Not even Whoopi was the first name, Tina Turner and Oprah Winfrey auditioned for the role.
It will be curious to see who will make the new version and if the soundtrack will change… Will it?