That means Justin Timberlake should be worried - if reports Ritchie has him slated for the iconic role are true.
The Chicago star tells WENN he has his sights set on the role Frank Sinatra played on the big screen in 1955.
He explains, "I'm still waiting for Guys and Dolls to get made into a movie. I will scratch the eyes out of anyone who tries to get between me and Nathan Detroit, I swear to God!
"That movie is like the holy grail. I would love to do it. I guess the rights are somewhat complicated, from what I heard, but, boy, that would be a great one to do."
Reilly might also face stiff competition from thespian Oliver Platt, who most recently played Detroit onstage.
He isn't the only star with a hankering for a role in the movie musical - Mandy Moore's dream is to play Miss Adelaide and Jessica Biel is keen to revive the Sarah Brown character she played onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last summer (09).
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Aviator WINNER!
Million Dollar Baby
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Scarlett Johansson, A Love Song For Bobby Long
Nicole Kidman, Birth
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby WINNER!
Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Javier Bardem, The Sea Inside
Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland
Leonardo Dicaprio, The Aviator WINNER!
Liam Neeson, Kinsey
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Phantom of the Opera
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, Being Julia WINNER!
Ashley Judd, De-Lovely
Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera
Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -Musical or Comedy
Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jamie Foxx, Ray WINNER!
Paul Giamatti, Sideways
Kevin Kline, De-Lovely
Kevin Spacey, Beyond the Sea
Best Director - Motion Picture
Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby WINNER!
Marc Forster, Finding Neverland
Mike Nichols, Closer
Alexander Payne, Sideways
Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Best Foreign Language Film
The Chorus (Les Choristes), (France)
House of Flying Daggers, (China)
The Motorcycle Diaries, (Brazil)
The Sea Inside, (Spain) WINNER!
A Very Long Engagement, (France)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Cate Blanchet, The Aviator
Laura Linney, Kinsey
Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Natalie Portman, Closer WINNER!
Meryl Streep, The Manchurian Candidate
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
David Carradine, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
Jamie Foxx, Collateral
Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
Clive Owen, Closer WINNER!
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
John Logan, The Aviator
David Magee, Finding Neverland
Patrick Marber, Closer
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Sideways WINNER!
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Finding Neverland
Rolfe Kent, Sideways
Howard Shore, The Aviator WINNER!
Hans Zimmer, Spanglish
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Accidentally In Love" -- Shrek 2
Music & Lyrics By: Adam Duritz, Dan Vickery, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley & David Bryson
"Believe" - The Polar Express
Music & Lyrics By: Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri
"Learn To Be Lonely" - The Phantom of the Opera
Music By: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics By: Charles Hart
"Million Voices" - Hotel Rwanda
Music By: Wyclef Jean, Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis, Andrea Guerra
Lyrics By: Wyclef Jean
"Old Habits Die Hard" - Alfie
Music & Lyrics By: Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart WINNER!
Best Television Series - Drama
Nip/Tuck (FX) WINNER!
The Sopranos (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Jennifer Garner, Alias
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit WINNER!
Christine Lahti, Jack & Bobby
Joely Richardson, Nip/Tuck
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Michael Chiklis, The Shield
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
Julian Mcmahon, Nip/Tuck
Ian McShane, Deadwood WINNER!
James Spader, Boston Legal
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Arrested Development (Fox)
Desperate Housewives (ABC) WINNER!
Sex and the City (HBO)
Will & Grace (NBC)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives WINNER!
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Debra Messing, Will & Grace
Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex And The City
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development WINNER!
Zach Braff, Scrubs
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matt Leblanc, Joey
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two And A Half Men
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television
American Family - Journey of Dreams (PBS)
Iron Jawed Angels (HBO)
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (HBO) WINNER!
The Lion in Winter (Showtime)
Something the Lord Made (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter WINNER!
Blythe Danner, Back When We Were Grown Ups
Julianna Margulies, The Grid
Miranda Richardson, The Lost Prince
Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or A Motion Picture Made for Television
Mos Def, Something the Lord Made
Jamie Foxx, Redemption
William H. Macy, The Wool Cap
Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers WINNER!
Patrick Stewart, The Lion in Winter
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Drea De Matteo, The Sopranos
Anjelica Huston, Iron Jawed Angels WINNER!
Nicolette Sheridan, Desperate Housewives
Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Emily Watson, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Oliver Platt, Huff
William Shatner, Boston Legal WINNER!
Reese Witherspoon may have to live down endless "dumb blonde" jokes after her latest film, Legally Blonde, shot to No. 1, but the actress is simply white hot. Good for her! Now, she is set to play another blonde in the big screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series Honey West. The series, which ran for one season in 1965, starred Anne Francis as a female private eye who inherits her family's detective business. Ms. Witherspoon will update the character to modern-day standards, with the film being described as a comic-action picture along the same lines as Foul Play. Hmmm, let's think about casting choices for the male lead (cause you know there has to be one) similar to Chevy Chase--maybe Ashton Kutcher (Dude, Where's My Car?). West also is being produced by Witherspoon and Marc Platt, who produced Blonde for MGM. So, actually it is true--blondes have more fun.
Speaking of blondes...
Renee Zellweger, the petite blonde who wowed us in Bridget Jones' Diary, is in talks to star in 13 Going on 30. Don't you like that title? It just sums things up. The film, described as a female version of Big, is being set up by the Sony-based Revolution Studios, which is behind the upcoming Julia Roberts comedy America's Sweethearts. The story revolves around a girl, who, on the brink of her 13th birthday, gets a sneak peek at what her life would been like as a 30-year-old. Apparently, she has become rich, powerful and beautiful, but her means for climbing the ladder were less than admirable. Well, that sounds just about right for the talented Ms. Zellweger.
Just call him Dead Man Walkin'
The ever-interesting Kevin Spacey is in negotiations to star in what could be his next project, The Life of David Gale, a death row drama Alan Parker will direct. Can a death row film ever be a comedy? Just wondering. He'll play a professor and anti-capital punishment activist who finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation of another activist and is eventually convicted of the crime. The role was originally to be filled by George Clooney, but he had to drop out. Nicole Kidman also is being approached for the female lead (but please don't tell us she'll play his lawyer). So, this might not be as compelling as other Spacey films, including his upcoming fall film K-PAX, where he plays a mental ward patient who insists he's an alien from a far away planet. But somehow, with Spacey in it, David Gale's got potential.
The saga of getting a film made
The romantic comedy Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn? (another great title) has been in development for four years but has finally found a director. Ryan Murphy, the creator and executive producer of the WB's Popular, has taken the helm on the project, which has been continually attracting top names. The story focuses on a 25-year-old woman who moves from Ohio to Los Angeles and gets everything she wants--a great job working for a local news station and a fiancé. But, in the course of one week, she is stood up at the altar and loses her job. She struggles to pick up the pieces, leaning on her friend who shares her love for Audrey Hepburn movies. OK, not quite sure why it's attracting so much heat, but what do I know? So far, the leading ladies interested have been Tea Leoni, Ashley Judd, Renee Zellweger, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Toni Collette. Sure, anyone of those girls could work.
Francis Ford Coppola is back
Large and in charge! He's putting together his next opus, Megalopolis, which he hopes to start filming the beginning of next year for no more than $80 million--he promises. And he's looking for the cream of crop to star in it, talking to Russell Crowe, Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage (his nephew, by the way), Paul Newman and many others he has worked with. All except Warren Beatty. He told Army Archerd of Variety, "There's really not a role for him in it." Ah, too bad. The only little tidbit Coppola would give Archerd about the film's plot is that it's "a Roman epic, a Cecil B. DeMille-size epic." Coppola did tell the New York Times in May that Megalopolis is "about the future. About a guy who wants to build a utopian society in the middle of Manhattan. It's a typical Francis kind of project." Life must be fairly sweet for Mr. Coppola, whose re-edited Apocalypse Now wowed audiences at Cannes and looks to be one of the hits this summer when its released in theaters at the beginning of August. Coppola described the re-edit as "more satisfying." We all can't wait.
Durst is certainly a "Wanna-Be"
Putting the nookie aside, Limp Bizkit's lead singer Fred Durst is going to try his hand at directing. He had already been attached to helm Runt, a high-school drama, but now he seems to be circling Wanna-Be as his directorial debut. He is in discussions with The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker to star. Based on a New York magazine article by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Mike McAlary, the story focuses on the children of mobsters and how they, against the wishes of their parents, continue the family business while ignoring the mob's protocols. Walker would play an abandoned kid who gets sucked into the business. It's a big job for Durst, who has only directed music videos, but we have every confidence.
James Franco is climbing up in the world.
The "Whatever It Takes" actor is in final talks to join Tobey Maguire in the much-hyped "Spider-Man" feature, Columbia Pictures says today.
In the Sam Raimi big-screen adaptation, Franco would play Harry Osborn, the high school pal and college roommate of Peter Parker, aka Spidey.
Franco is currently shooting the thriller "City By the Sea" with Robert De Niro and has just wrapped the TNT tube-pic "James Dean," wherein he plays the titular rebel.
GOING MOO: The Hollywood Reporter says that Cuba Gooding Jr. and Judi Dench will lend their voices to the Disney animated feature "Sweating Bullets" about a group of cows fighting to save their farm. Sarah Jessica Parker and Ja'Net DuBois have already signed on to do their cow duties, with actor Randy Quaid possibly joining them.
GUILTY AS CHARGED: "The Thin Red Line" and "Frequency" honey James Caviezel will play opposite Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in the thriller "High Crimes," the Reporter says. The story is about a lawyer (Judd) in charge of defending her hubby (Caviezel) accused of war crimes.
'NATIONAL' TREASURE: Is it a zany comedy in the making or what? Daily Variety says that "Big Daddy" helmer Dennis Dugan and "Happy, Texas" whacky guy Steve Zahn are both in talks to join Martin Lawrence in the comedy "National Security." The film is said to be a mismatched buddy film wherein a white cop is wrongly charged with beating a black man. We're sure it'll be a lot funnier on film.
'VIEW' FINDER: The Reporter says that Kelly Preston will join Gwyneth Paltrow in the comedy "A View From the Top." Preston will play a fellow flight attendant in a story about the rise to fame of an international flight attendant (Paltrow).
'WORD' UP: If TV doesn't work out, there's always the movies. Oliver Platt, whose tube series "Deadline" was just recently pulled by NBC, is closed to signing on to the thriller "Don't Say a Word," Variety says. Platt would co-star with Michael Douglas in the story about a New York shrink (Douglas) whose daughter is kidnapped.
'MIND' AND BODY: "Requiem for a Dream" breakthrough Jennifer Connelly is in talks to star in "Beautiful Mind" with Russell Crowe. According to the Reporter, the story follows the true life of John Forbes Nash Jr., a Nobel Prize winner who suffers from schizophrenia. If all goes well, Connelly would play his wife.
'OCEAN' IN MOTION: Two more down for the count. The Reporter says that Casey Affleck and Scott Caan will join the ensemble cast of the Rat Pack remake "Ocean's Eleven" as Mormon brothers enlisted to pull off a mega Vegas heist. Already on board are George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Alan Arkin.