John Travolta Wants to Remake White Christmas

And he wants his Grease and 'I Think You Might Like It' co-star Olivia Newton-John to join him.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

John Travolta's stardom sure seems to come and go, doesn't it? He became box office royalty in the 1970s with the hit musical Grease and the disco classic Saturday Night Fever, then disappeared for most of the 1980's and half the 1990's, hidden amongst a string of Perfects and Staying Alives. Then in 1994, a little-known independent filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino cast him in a little movie called Pulp Fiction, sending Travolta back to the top of everyone's lists and bestowing upon the actor a second wave of excellent films like Primary Colors and Face/Off. Then Battlefield Earth happened, and Travolta once again found himself struggling to find decent material for over a decade. Then… this happened.

"I Think You Might Like It," a music video shot for Travolta's Christmas album, "This Christmas: John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John," consisting of holiday duets with his Grease co-star, is so mind bogglingly awful that it's almost impossible to consider that it has any associaton whatsoever with The Thin Red Line. But it has become an ironic smash on YouTube, where it's already garnered over 7.2 million hits. Travolta seems to be enjoying the sudden wave of success: he wants to parlay that popularity into a remake of the 1954 Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye holiday classic White Christmas co-starring Olivia Newton-John.

When asked if he would ever again co-star in a movie alongside Olivia Newton-John, Travolta told an audience at SiriusXM Radio on December 12 (via Entertainment Weekly), "Instead of the video — Olivia’s schedule didn’t permit it, but we were going to do an old-fashioned TV special. And then we thought, maybe a remake of White Christmas or something would be even more fun. So you know, we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what happens. But this is a great foundation for that."

A "great foundation" he says. Watch that clip if you haven't already. If Travolta manages to remake White Christmas – an enduring musical about a pair of song-and-dance men who find love with a pair of singing sisters whilst trying to save a small Vermont inn from going under – and successfully ape the style (or complete lack thereof) in the music video for "I Think I Might Like It," he will certainly have a camp classic on his hands. 

Sadly, Travolta doesn't seem to understand that his newfound internet audience isn't exactly laughing "with" him. He also boasted to the audience at SiriusXM that's he heard the video described as, "the video you have to see and can’t stop watching." You could say the same thing about "What What (In the Butt)," John. You could say the same thing about "What What (In the Butt)." 

Samwell has seven times more hits on YouTube than Travolta does. Let's put him in a remake of An American in Paris, post-haste!

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani