Over the past decade so many TV shows have been adapted to the big screen that no property is safe. In this case, “Laverne & Shirley,” the popular Garry Marshall sitcom that starred Cindy Williams and his sister Penny Marshall is the next victim of this creative crime. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is set to write the screenplay and will bring the duo to the big screen with the help of his Valentine’s Day co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel.
According to a report from TV Guide, original “Laverne & Shirley” producer Garry Marshall recently confirmed that the screenplay for the film adaptation is being written by Foxx. He also revealed that both he and the actor are working together to give the characters a modern day spin that would be relevant for today’s audiences. He went on to describe Foxx’s vision for the movie and I have to be completely honest, it scares me.
“He’s writing it. It’s a whole different modern day take on how they came up on the streets during difficult times. Laverne would be this very tough girl with a big ‘L’ tattooed on her arm. Jennifer Garner would play Laverne and Jessica Biel would play Shirley.” (Funny… I kinda see it the other way around.)
The idea of Laverne having an ‘L’ tattooed on her arm as opposed to her sweater is too much for my taste. He also mentioned that he was interested in the show’s original stars appearing in the film, but he doesn’t want to reveal who they’ll play just yet. Since the two main characters seem to be set, who’ll play Carmine, or my personal favorites Lenny and Squiggy?! No one can do Lenny like Michael McKean, nobody!
What do you think of Jamie Foxx writing the script for Laverne & Shirley? Do you think Garner and Biel should play the main characters?