complete first season on DVD this past Christmas. Yet, I had never desired to see the Barbara Eden-Larry Hagman classic series find its way to the big screen…until now.I have always been a fan of I Dream of Jeannie. I watched every single episode on Nick at Nite in the ’90s, dressed as (a modest) Jeannie as a fourth-grader, and squealed with delight after unwrapping the
You can’t really blame me. We’ve seen the film go through so many iterations, it seemed bound to suffer a disaster of epic, Bewitched-2005 proportions. At one point, Lindsay Lohan was considered for the role of Jeannie. (So was Jessica Alba, Amanda Bynes, and Jessica Simpson. What’s next? Miley Cyrus up for an I Love Lucy reboot? Blasphemy!) But now, the L.A. Times reports that New York playwright Sheila Callaghan is rumored to be attempting a script. One reason I’m optimistic: Callaghan has already penned episodes of The United States of Tara, so she knows how to handle a character that wears lots of different outfits. Also (and more seriously), she has touched on feminist themes in her writing, something she could fold well into an adaptation of a series as dated and feminist-unfriendly as Jeannie.
So does that mean she’ll deliver a script that leads to a movie closer to 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie than the ’05 Bewitched? I certainly hope so. What better way to deal with a story about a man who allows a subservient to cook, clean, and turn his backyard into paradise than to laugh at the series’ backwards themes? Of course, the real question is how they find an actress without a bellybutton to star.
Are you curious about this possible turn in the Jeannie movie saga, PopWatchers? Or should Jeannie just be contained in her purple lamp bottle?