Channing Tatum reveals he’s planning to star in a remake of Ghost 


Channing Tatum has revealed he is planning to star as Patrick Swayze’s character Sam Wheat in a remake of Ghost. 

Speaking with Vanity Fair on Tuesday, the actor, 42, confirmed that his production company, Free Association, has the rights to the 1990 classic. 

Starring on the cover of the magazine February issue, he explained  ‘We actually have the rights. Yeah, we have the rights to Ghost!’

Exciting: Channing Tatum has revealed he is planning to star as Patrick Swayze’s character Sam Wheat in a remake of Ghost on Tuesday (pictured in June 2022)

‘But we’re going to do something different. I think it needs to change a little bit,’ Channing added before saying he is keen to play Patrick’s role.

He went on to explain that the original ‘contained some problematic stereotypes’ like many other films of its time. 

Ghost tells the story of Patrick’s character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi Goldberg, to help warn Molly that she is at risk. 

Remake? Speaking with Vanity Fair on Tuesday, the actor confirmed that his production company, Free Association, has the rights to the 1990 classic (Patrick Swayze in Ghost, 1990)

Remake? Speaking with Vanity Fair on Tuesday, the actor confirmed that his production company, Free Association, has the rights to the 1990 classic (Patrick Swayze in Ghost, 1990)

It comes after Whoopi hinted that racism impacted the success of Ghost, after the 1990 movie was deemed the ‘blockbuster Hollywood forgot’.

The star, 64, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role, responded to an article published in Forbes Magazine, which looked upon how the roaring hit scooped ‘no sequels or spinoffs, nostalgic reissues, ripoffs or copycats’.

As the publication issued comparisons between less successful movies which received more subsequent fanfare, Whoopi mused: ‘We were a very mixed cast, and it makes you wonder, you know is that why nobody wanted to celebrate it?’

New project: Starring on the cover of the magazine February issue, he explained 'We actually have the rights. Yeah, we have the rights to Ghost!'

New project: Starring on the cover of the magazine February issue, he explained ‘We actually have the rights. Yeah, we have the rights to Ghost!’

Forbes listed the films with less commercial success that Ghost, including Aladdin, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Beverly Hills Cop, Twister, Mission: Impossible and Toy Story, and pointed out they have left a larger legacy. 

The story read: ‘This original, non-franchise, PG-13, female-targeted supernatural romantic thriller was far more successful than the deluge of 1980’s and 1990’s action movies and fantasy properties that now make up our nostalgic pop culture.’

Speaking to Deadline after the Forbes article was published, Whoopi mused over why the film achieved less success, as she drew race into the argument. 

Way back when: Ghost tells the story of Patrick's character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi Goldberg, to help warn Molly that she is at risk

Way back when: Ghost tells the story of Patrick’s character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi Goldberg, to help warn Molly that she is at risk

She said: ‘When I was reading it and reading how much money it brought in, and how it had been bigger than all these other movies, I thought, but (Forbes) is doing the same thing other people have done…

‘They sort of denigrated the fact that this was a terrific movie, and it was also really funny too, and in part, I did that. And we were a very mixed cast… 

‘It makes you wonder, you know, 30 years later, was it because we were a mixed cast that nobody wanted to celebrate it, the way that, you know, had it been any other cast that happened to be maybe all white, people might’ve celebrated it?’ 

Different? It comes after Whoopi hinted that racism impacted the success of Ghost, after the 1990 movie was deemed the 'blockbuster Hollywood forgot'

Different? It comes after Whoopi hinted that racism impacted the success of Ghost, after the 1990 movie was deemed the ‘blockbuster Hollywood forgot’



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