Who's Afraid of a Remake of 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane'?
By Diego James
Writer-director Walter Hill is partnering with the Aldrich Co. to create a new version of the 1962 classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? , which is beloved by many, many, many gay men. According to THR, Hill will "adapt the screenplay from Lukas Heller’s screenplay for the original film, which in turn was based on Henry Farrell’s novel." The film famously starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as bitter, dysfunctional sisters. Which of course begs the question: Who in their right minds would sign on for the impending furor from fans comparing them to the silver screen legends? Although real-life sisters Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave did star in a TV version in 1992.
“The two equal leads demand great performers – that is a given,” Hill told THR. “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.”
Could it be Cher vs. Meryl Streep?
Maggie Smith vs. Judy Dench?
Stockard Channing vs. Judith Light?
Angelina Jolie vs. Nicole Kidman (in heavy prosthetics)?
Harvey Fierstein vs. Dame Edna?
You tell us who you think could do it.