One of my all time favorite movies will always be “Porgy and Bess”. As a kid I was enamored by the 1959 film which starred Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Every Saturday I would sit and watch it, while singing “Summertime”. Did it matter that I couldn’t sing? Nope, not at all. I would belt that song out as if it was the last song on earth.
When I saw the Broadway musical with Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis ( 4 times), it was truly amazing to see them capture the same spirit of Poitier and Dandridge. McDonald then went on to win a Tony for Best Leading Actress In A Musical. In the world of movies, what’s old is once new again. According to Variety, the Gershwin family and the estate of lyricist DuBose Heyward are currently working with producers Mike Medavoy and Bobby Geisler to bring a contemporary version to the silver screen.
The duo is working with the Gershwin family and the estate of lyricist DuBose Heyward to develop the project. Marc George Gershwin, nephew of the Gershwin brothers, told Variety that he’s optimistic that Medavoy and Geisler will be able to produce a fresh take on the 1935 work.
“We get approached a lot with ideas that aren’t very good but Mike has a great track record,” Gershwin noted. “We’re confident that he’s going to able to find the right director and writer. And we already have the music.”
“Porgy and Bess” premiered in New York in 1935 with a cast of African-American singers, featuring the songs “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess You Is My Woman Now,” “I Loves You Porgy” and “I Got Plenty of Nuttin.”
Samuel Goldwyn produced a 1959 film version of “Porgy and Bess,” starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Rouben Mamoulian, who directed the 1935 Broadway premiere, had been hired to direct the film but was replaced by Otto Preminger.
The Gershwin estate was disappointed with the 1959 film. “Hopefully, this new one is going to be a lot better,” Marc Gershwin added.
Please don’t let this movie suck.
Also please do not cast Beyonce.
If you had the chance to cast leading actors for the movie, who would you choose?