Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Bewitched” Will Finally Get a Real Movie Version: Who Should Play Samantha? Darrin? Endorra? Uncle Arthur? Dr. Bombay?


“Bewitched,” the hit 60s TV comedy, is finally getting a real big screen movie.

In 2005, Nora Ephron had one of her few flops when she tried to make a “Bewitched” movie that made no sense and no one wanted to see. Nicole Kidman was great as Samantha, Will Ferrell would have been fine as Darrin etc but it was a meta-take and not the real thing.

So now Sony-Columbia Pictures has authorized a real “Bewitched” movie in which a young witch marries a mortal who is stunned to find his wife has super powers. If they stick to the story. it’s “Mad Men” time with Darrin in advertising. They should set it in the 60s, too, because cell phones and the internet will make harder to believe or accomplish.

So who should play Samantha, Darrin, Endorra, Uncle Arthur? Will the filmmakers switch Darrins in the middle of the movie? In the series, Dick Sargent replaced Dick York as Darrin without an explanation?

And who will play Dr. Bombay?  Aunt Clara? Larry Tate? Mrs. Kravitz? The mind boggles.

Let’s hope they get it right this time.  The actual show never played it campy, the audience brought that to it.  What we don’t need here is “The Prom” masquerading as “Bewitched.”

Now, please, Disney-Fox TV, “Dobie Gillis” with Pete Davidson as Maynard G. Krebs!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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