Glen Powell Remaking Oscar-Winning 1970s Supernatural Comedy

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Glen Powell will star in the Paramount remake of the 1978 sports fantasy drama Heaven Can Wait. Stephen Gaghan, who won an Academy Award for his script for the 2000 crime film Traffic, is writing the screenplay. The new project will be a partial retelling. Unlike the protagonist in the original film, the main character won’t be a football player but will still be a man taken before his time.

The Original Heaven Can Wait

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Directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry, the original Heaven Can Wait follows Joe Pendleton, a young NFL quarterback who dies prematurely due to an anxious angel’s mistake. Since his own body has been cremated, he returns to Earth in the body of a recently murdered millionaire. Beatty also stars as Joe Pendleton and co-wrote the script with Elaine May.

A Critical And Commercial Hit

Heaven Can Wait received nine Academy Award nominations, making Beatty the second person in history to be nominated for producing, directing, writing, and acting in the same film. The movie won the Best Art Direction Oscar. The film currently holds an 86 percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, alongside a 69 percent audience score.

Upcoming Remake Is One Of Many Adaptations

The upcoming Glen Powell film is one of several versions of Harry Segall’s play Heaven Can Wait. Released in 1941, Here Comes Mr. Jordan was the first film adaptation directed by Alexander Hall. It tells the story of a boxer who is accidentally taken to heaven before his time and is given a second chance at life.

Another remake was the 2001 film Down to Earth. The film starred Chris Rock as a comedian who is reincarnated into the body of a wealthy businessman after dying prematurely.

Glen Powell Is A Busy Man

Glen Powell will star in several other high-profile films in 2024. The first is the action comedy Hit Man, directed by Richard Linklater. Powell co-wrote the screenplay and plays an undercover police officer who poses as a hitman but gets in over his head when he falls for a client. The movie, which also stars Adria Arjona, will be released on Netflix on June 7.

Glen Powell, a highly sought-after leading man, recently starred in Sony’s romantic comedy Anyone but You opposite Sydney Sweeney.

Twisters Is Just Around The Corner

Another highly anticipated Glen Powell movie is Twisters, a disaster film directed by Lee Isaac Chung from a screenplay by Mark. Produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, it is a standalone sequel to the 1996 film Twister. The movie, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, and Anthony Ramos, is set to be released on July 19.

The 1996 film starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as a divorced couple who happen to be storm chasers trying to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the path of extremely violent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Twister became a major box office success, earning $495.7 million worldwide. It was also nominated for two Oscars.

A Career On The Rise

Glen Powell has also been cast in an undisclosed role in The Running Man, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel directed by Edgar Wright. Powell has been steadily rising in Hollywood in recent years, with acclaimed performances in films like Set It Up and Top Gun: Maverick. His upcoming projects are expected to further showcase his versatility as an actor.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter