July 12, 2012 at 10:31 am #64941
Okay, Lange (as Baby Jane) and Streep please.
Walter Hill to direct ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ remake
by Erin Strecker
Image Credit: Everett Collection
Director Walter Hill has entered into a partnership agreement with the Aldrich Company to remake What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Hill will direct and adapt the screenplay.
The original 1962 psychological thriller was directed by Robert Aldrich and featured the iconic pairing of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as sisters Jane and Blanche.
“The two equal leads demand great performers — that is a given. The intensity of the gothic storyline makes a reconfiguration of the drama still a potentially searing experience. The idea is to make a modern film without modernizing the period. It needs to resonate the golden age of Hollywood,” Hill said in a press release.
“I am greatly honored that Walter Hill will be joining us in the collaboration of this film. I know that he will respect the material and the legacy of this terrific project,” Adell Aldrich, daughter of the late Robert Aldrich, said in the same release.
This won’t be the first time Baby Jane has reappeared. In 1991, there was an ABC television movie starring real-life sisters Lynn Redgrave as Baby Jane Hudson and Vanessa Redgrave as Blanche Hudson.July 12, 2012 at 11:13 am #64943
There’s a West End play about the notorious feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford called Bette and Joan. That play should be adapted into film instead of remaking Baby Jane.July 12, 2012 at 11:35 am #64944
Walter Hill is a terrific director, as was Robert Aldrich. What is interesting is that the director Hill most resembles is Aldrich (mainly smart, gritty male-centered dramas with an edge). Aldrich didn’t often make female-character based movies, but Baby Jane is one of his greatest. Hill could be just the right person to do this.
It will never happen, but Meryl Streep and Glenn Close would be great for this. Long-time rivals, no lost love between them, let it all hang out.July 12, 2012 at 11:40 am #64945
Are there any two actresses with the grudge as open as it was with BD and JC? I doubt that. There was one remake with the Redgrave sisters and it was enough.July 12, 2012 at 11:43 am #64946
Not sure the grudge was that open before they made the movie though.
I do agree that a remake is not “needed” (it would be hard to top the brilliance of the Aldrich film), but in the right hands it could still be worthy.
I know this will shock people, but there are quite a few of actresses of Streep’s age and her equal in acting talent who are not fond of her personally.July 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm #64947
Someone should get Jolie and Aniston for this.July 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm #64948
Now that’s a producer’s dream
How about Tom Cruise and John Travolta?July 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm #64949
I’m seeing $ signs.
Realistically, though, I could see them approaching Tilda Swinton for one of the roles, or Sigourney Weaver since Hill worked on the Alien movies.July 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm #64950
Well, at least it’s Walter Hill, one of the best around imo.
Still, say it aint so Joe, say it aint so.July 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm #64951
Maybe they could get Winona Ryder (she was kind of channeling Blanche in her Black Swan performance – Aronofsky as director would have been exciting too) and Gwyneth Paltrow (they have Shakespeare in Love drama). Perhaps Nicole Kidman, too, but with Courtney Love – who could probably pull crazy off rather well (they have Moulin Rouge trouble). All pipe dreams, but fun to think of options. Halle Berry and Mo’Nique could be fun as well.July 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm #64952
A friend of mine (a soap opera actor) really loved this movie (so do I). It’s a dark, perverse, and campy classic starring two of the greatest, most iconic actresses of the mid-twentieth century. I’d hate for the remake to do it injustice by casting two nobody or undeserving actresses. So nix to Jolie and Aniston, and to Cruise and Travolta. Think BIG people, think big. Or don’t do it at all.July 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm #64953
“Or don’t do it at all. “
I suppose it’s inevitable, but, this.July 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm #64954
Sorry, but Jolie and Aniston would be major gets. The media story would go on for months.
Another pairing? Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts.July 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm #64955
Isn’t there some old college drama between Streep and Weaver from Yale Drama? Can’t think of too many public feuds. I must admit, I am intrigued by the pairing of Jolie and Aniston. No one plays bat shit crazy quite like Jolie when cast in that type of character..July 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm #64956
If they’re going to do it, I’d like to see women of “that age” cast. Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, and many others.
They’re going to need makeup anyways, so why compound things by ‘aging’ the actors involved?
It might be interesting to change the gender of these characters. There’s an even greater weatth of possible casting choices then.
Still, let’s keep the budgie CGI, can we?
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