Jamie Foxx Re-Writing TV History with LAVERNE & SHIRLEY Remake – UPDATED

     March 23, 2010

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I guess, these days, one bad idea deserves another.  Allow me to provide an example.  The first bad idea came when Garry Marshall announced that he was attempting to bring Laverne & Shirley, his popular Happy Days spin-off from the 1970s, to the big screen.  The second bad idea was revealed to TV Guide earlier this week.  Garry Marshall announced that Jamie Foxx was writing the script, and as we reported last month, his Valentine’s Day co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel would star the title roles, respectively. Here’s the word from Marshall:

“Jamie and I are trying to do it. 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.”

To me, ideas like this one seem to be the formula for a box office bomb.  However, in this situation, I wouldn’t actually mind being proven wrong. Here’s to hoping I am.

[Update: The Wrap got in touch with Foxx’s agent who said there’s “no truth” to the story.]

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