'I Dream of Jeannie' movie eyes a screenwriter. I'm blinking in anticipation.

I-Dream-of-JeannieImage Credit: Everett CollectionI 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 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.

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?

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  • trania

    There is NO ONE that could come close to Barbara Eden.

    • Big Walt

      Freakin hot.

  • Raffi

    I absolutely loved I Dream of Jeannie when I watched it as a 10 year old boy on Nick at Nite. I agree with trania, though, no one can come close to Barbara Eden.

    It would really have to be a smart script. And they can’t straight up adapt the sitcom, it won’t work – it’s way too cheesy for today and not in a good way.

    I await impatiently for further details.

  • JJ

    Seeing the epic mess they made of ‘Bewitched’ I’m concerned about this. IDOJ is such a simple entertaining premise of romantic comedy with lots of sight gags and physical comedy…but you KNOW they’ll want to “reimagine” it or “modernize” it…thus sucking the charm right out of it.

    I know little to nothing of the screenwriter but United SoT doesn’t lend any more credibility than if she wrote for Nurse Jackie. I just hope she appreciates the original the way the writers of The Brady Bunch Movie did.

    I hope they follow what worked with the original and for casting I think the top two contenders are Kristen Bell and Amanda Seyfried.

  • Aaron

    Isla Fischer. Nuff said

    • Tookie

      Great idea, Aaron!

  • mdbchud

    First of all you can’t be that big a fan if you say “purple lamp” instead of “purple BOTTLE”. That being said NO WAY I WILL EVER see a Jeannie film. This is ONE original cast that cannot be replaced. Barbara Eden was and IS perfection.

  • btheln

    o yes definately isla fischer… i was just thinking about this yesterday! back a long time ago, EW reported the movie was an idea with alecia silverstone starring, yet it never came to be! i agree with jj, they will have their hands full! but i would love to see this on the big screen!

  • C Men

    Halle Berry.
    Rainn Wilson.

  • Kevin

    Meryl STreep…she’s in everything esle. Gabby Sidibe????

  • rebecca

    For Halloween a couple years ago my mom made this awesome Jeannie costume for me!!! It looked amazing and I was so obsessed with I Dream of Jeannie. I just hope they don’t screw this movie up like they did with Bewitched. The only good thing about Bewitched was Steve Carell and Shirley MacLaine. But I don’t think any actor can be as awesome as Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman or the actor that played Roger Healy(sorry I forgot his name!). They were perfect and I don’t think anyone can do as good as job as any of them! But just don’t screw it up!!

  • Madd

    No way anyone could replace Barbara and Larry!

  • Stephanie T.

    Isla Fisher as Jeanie, but why make a version of the show anyway? What? Bewitched the movie was not bad enough? Look, if there should be a tv show made into a movie then The Man from U.N.C.L.E. should be done.

  • Anissa

    My first thought when I read this was please don’t let jessica simpson get cast!!!

  • Phil

    Guys, they names every big female celebrate in the past years but seriously, can you really imagine one of them wearing the beautiful Jeannie costume? Nobody will be ever able to replace Barbara Eden! Many actresses tried and they failed! Forget the big screen version unless it has many, many and even more parts with Ms. Eden and Larry Hagman!

  • frank

    you,must get a close look bonnie or playmate from playboy,to realy replace it

  • jeanniebottles

    Jeannie should be made just as it was, Just like the Addams Family and Just like The Brady Bunch.. but I hear they are going to “fix” it.. just like they did Bewitched. and WE NEED TO STOP THAT FIX! I am Mario Della Casa with JeannieBottles.com and the Only Artist ever licensed by SONY to create the Authorized I Dream of Jeannie Bottle. When they remake movies they take away the love. Look at what they did to Bewitched and Clash of the Titans. I say if it aint broke dont “fix” it. and we all need to tell SONY this before its too late!

    • Paul

      Shakira! Shakira! Shakira! and nobody else should ever be considered for the part. I don’t know if she can act, but she sure can be lovely and sexy without looking like a bitch.

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