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Bad Idea of the Week: Madonna Remaking Casablanca (?!)


It's only Monday morning and already we have a Bad Idea of the Week! And yes, this is entirely rumorific right now, but the mere thought of it is so appalling to me, I had to vent.

Madonna. Remaking. Casablanca.

Of course, the remake — possibly set in a modern war zone like Iraq — would be a starring vehicle for the Queen of Pop herself. Apparently, a "source" told the Daily Mail, "Madonna is talking about taking the Ingrid Bergman role for herself, even though Bergman was in her 20s when she played Ilsa and Madonna is nearly 50." Um. Yeah. To see what else there is to say about this,

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Age is the least of the issues I'd have with Madonna taking the role of Ilsa in a remake of Casablanca. First and foremost I have a problem with the words "a remake of Casablanca." And in general, Madonna is simply all wrong for the part. Ilsa (Bergman) had that sweet, vulnerable face,] and a gentleness to her that I don't quite see Madonna achieving.

Again, this is totally just a rumor right now. But if it is true, it annoys me to think that just because Madonna wishes to reclaim some credibility in the movie world, she has to go after one of the most — if not the most — well-loved classic films of all time.

If this is true, I . . . I don't even have the words. I really don't. But maybe you do? What do you think about this idea?

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bob13254 bob13254 4 years
Madonna do a remake of Sunset Blvd?  Good idea but you're too late.  I think that WAS her in the original movie.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
Madonna needs to let classic and beloved movies stay that way. We don't see Jerry Bruckheimer rumored to revive The Godfather do we?
Edie-J-Blige Edie-J-Blige 8 years
Do I EVER have words for Madonna! Namely: BACK OFF. Hey lady, listen. You are fifty, have the body of a 20 year old, and have rocked the world of pop for umpteen years. You even managed to be semi-decent in Evita. But honey, just don't go there. It won't do anybody ANY good.
Purplepassions1 Purplepassions1 8 years
That's a horrible idea! You shouldn't remake a classic!
stone_soup stone_soup 8 years
NO NO NO NO NO. Oh no, this must be a nightmare!
NGGurton NGGurton 8 years
katwoman08 wrote: "I LOVE it! On the first page of comments there was someone who signed up just to make a comment about Madonna. And all the comments that followed contained some strong opinions about her, also. Personally, I love Madonna's music and I think she was perfect in Evita. How many people writing here expect (or even HOPE) to look as good as she does at her age? My point is that more of the comments are referring to Madonna herself, rather then the subject (or rumor) at hand, which is the "possibility" of her starring in a remake of Casablanca. To me, if all of the people who comment, feel so strongly about her, they must read all about her and follow her career or they wouldn't know all that they do about her. That probably suits Madonna just fine! If people are talking, then they''re paying attention to her, which is all good! Stop griping about something you don't even know is going to happen and watch her latest video, "4 minutes." She can sing, she can dance, she can look beautiful doing it all; what can YOU do?" This is the first and last time I will respond to such narrowed minded opinions of small thinking people. In this long discussion on Madonna's possible part in a rumored remake of Casablanca, I have to say that's the beauty of a democracy. People can freely exchange opinions, ideas, feelings, and even gossip, in an open forum, such as this, without fear of being demonized. People wil continue to sign-up on a web-site, no matter how frivolous the topic may be, just to join in the free-flowing discussion, whether you like it or not. I won't deny I joined this site for similar reasons. But I also want to hear what women have to say. It may be of little concern to other men, but it's important to me. Secondly, I don't deny that Madonna is a formidable force in the music industry. I like her work, and I have listened to her since the day she arrived on the music scene. Her current album "Hard Candy", is getting overwhelming positive reviews from both hard line music writers and fans alike. But she is a celebrity. And as a celebrity, she is a target for criticism. The things you do, and the words you speak become part of who you are, whether you deny it or not. When you put yourself out in the general public, be prepared to take the heat for everything you do. EVERYTHING. And just because you "look good" or sound good, does not necessarily mean you are instant a role model. Should I mention the shrink-wrapped, photo book she did years back, that didn't exactly go over well with every mother with impressionable little girls? From a photojournalist's standpoint, it was a highly charged fluff piece. But as far as self-promotion goes, it was brilliant. She may have been "perfect" for the role of Eva Duarte de Peron, but it was a lead zeppelin of film. I will not go into a discussion of it here, as we could discuss the pro's and con's for days and weeks. But it was a film that that should have never been made. Which brings me to my last point. Yes we all know it's a rumor, meant to stir up some dust, and get her back in the lime-light, after years of taking hits on projects that have blown up in her face like a bad "I Love Lucy" episode. But when people are passionate about the things they love, and they always are, when you begin to change or "remake" the the films, the television shows, or music they have come to cherish, you can expect a lot of outcry in response. I do not necessarily agree with all the opinions stated here, but the general consesus leads me to believe that such discussions about remaking a film classic should never leave the boardroom. As far as comparing her to me, well it's true. I can't sing, I can't dance, and I can't act. But I can look back on a very successful and happy career as a photographer, and know that she will never be as good as me, or my fellow artists. So I turn the question back to you. What exactly can YOU do?
katwoman08 katwoman08 8 years
I LOVE it! On the first page of comments there was someone who signed up just to make a comment about Madonna. And all the comments that followed contained some strong opinions about her, also. Personally, I love Madonna's music and I think she was perfect in Evita. How many people writing here expect (or even HOPE) to look as good as she does at her age? My point is that more of the comments are referring to Madonna herself, rather then the subject (or rumor) at hand, which is the "possibility" of her starring in a remake of Casablanca. To me, if all of the people who comment, feel so strongly about her, they must read all about her and follow her career or they wouldn't know all that they do about her. That probably suits Madonna just fine! If people are talking, then they''re paying attention to her, which is all good! Stop griping about something you don't even know is going to happen and watch her latest video, "4 minutes." She can sing, she can dance, she can look beautiful doing it all; what can YOU do?
Bluebunny_14 Bluebunny_14 8 years
A remake of Casablanca is already a bad idea in and of itself, but even worse would be to put her as the starring role... it would be much better for her to stick to the music...
LexinesRibbon LexinesRibbon 8 years
While the idea in general is to horrific to consider(Madonna really should stick with music and music alone) I think, she would find to much opposition against her in Holywood. Some of the biggest being from Bogie's Widow, Loren Bacall.
julia_o_connell julia_o_connell 8 years
OMG - this reminds me of the rule we had back in school: "make a virtue of necessity but never Madonna an actress."
mlen mlen 8 years
has hollywood really run out of ideas completely that they have to mess with the classics? as i've stated above- i'm totally against this. however IF they HAD to remake it- who would really work? no one could ever do better than Bogie. But i think Pierce Brosnan might be able to do the role ok. he has that kinda air abour him- dashing yet slightly rough. i'd have to think harder on the other characters.
catsuny catsuny 8 years
OH!NO!NO! TELL ME IS THIS A APRIL FOOLS JOKE? THIS CRAFTY GET OUT OF MY WAY, ME FIRST, BECAUSE I AM THE GREATEST HUMAN ON EARTH.. CAN NOT, SHOULD NOT, BE ALLOWED TO DO EVEN HOME VIDEOS...THIS IS FOR REAL ,SHE CANT ACT, EVEN WHEN SHES TRYING TO DO INTERVIEWS. SHE TALKS LIKE ITS HER LAST BREATH EVERY SEC THERES A PAUSE, MY MY SHE IS SO DONE AND HAS BEEN DONE ,FOR QUITE SOME TIME.SHE SHOULD STAY OVER IN ENGLAND SO HER PERFECT OFFSPRING CAN CONTINUE TO BE RAISED PERFECTLY.OF COURSE WITHOUT TV. SHE DOESNT ALLOW TV GAMES OR ANY VIDEOS ..WELL THATS GREAT I CAN GO ALONG WITH THAT...BUT SHE DOESNT REMEMBER BEING RAUNCHY ,SLUTY,OR EVEN APPEARING IN THOSE SO CALLED SHOTS OF HER BACK IN THE DAY.WE REMEMBER ALL OF IT AND HOW SHE USED EVERY BIT SHE COULD TO MAKE EVERY PENNY COUNT AND DIDNT CARE HOW MUCH EXPENSE IT WAS TO OTHERS. MADONNA MADONNA THATS WHAT SHE WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT. LOOK AT THE BOGUS CRAP WITH PEPSI,,BRITNEY SPEARS,ETC.CACHING CACHING $$$$ SHE SMART AND TRULY SELF CENTERED..MANY NANNIES AT THAT CASTLE. MONEY IS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY CHILDREN RAISED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, LIVES IN ANOTHER COUNTRY...THE PUBLIC SHOULD CUT HER OFF AND MAYBE SHELL DO A COME HOME TOUR HA HA
poptiger poptiger 8 years
NO NO NO NO NO SHE CANT!
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
OMG NO, NO, NO,....Madonna needs to leave this one alone. Actually Madonna needs to leave a lot of things alone these days. I truly hope this is a rumor. Hollywood needs to stop purposely going down hill. They need to start telling some of these people he*l no! When they come to them wanting to remake a classics.
leeb50 leeb50 8 years
The rumor just identified the wrong movie. It should have referenced the Marx Brothers movie "A Night in Casablanca." I believe Madonna wants to reprise Harpo's role.
Glais Glais 8 years
Madonna is wrong for this part. Instead, why not Liv Tyler? She has that unabashed romantic innocence and sensuality required for the role. Madonna is great in the right parts, but she is way too edgy for this one.
NGGurton NGGurton 8 years
Remaking a classic? A bad idea? They wouldn't dare. They didn't remake "Psycho". No wait, yes they did. They didn't remake "Death Takes A Holiday", no wait. They did that too. OK, what about "Charade", no, wait, again. Yes, they did. Hmmm, let's see. They redid "The Stepford Wives", "All the King's Men", "When A Stranger Calls", "A Clockwork Orange", "Guess Who'Coming To Dinner", and there's was even some serious discussion about Ashton Kutcher starring in a remake of "Gone With The Wind" . So let's be serious. So long as young directors believe they can redo films by Master Director's like Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Roman Polanski, Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, Peter Sellers, Steven Spielberg, and others, we'll continue to get a glut of pointless, shallow, waste of money films that no one wants to see. Madonna should know better, and bow out gracefully.
metallicnymph metallicnymph 8 years
I'm rather appalled.
ExBoyGenius ExBoyGenius 8 years
Bogie said, "We'll always have Paris." I say, "We'll always have the original Casablanca." Let Madonna make her Casablanca...it will be a cute oddity for fans of the original, and will provide work for the caterers and stuntmen! Reminds me of the colorization debate from years back...love it or hate it, you've still got the right to ignore it, and colorization probably brought some people to the b/w originals. Kind of like how the cartoonish Blues Brothers led some people to discover real blues music. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down sometimes. The closest thing we'll ever get to a real Casablanca sequel is the short-lived 50s TV show, which used original Casablanca sets and confusingly used original cast members in different roles. One episode appears on the Casablanca DVD, and I've got a 16mm copy of another episode called Hand of Fate. My final verdict...A Madonna Casablanca, good or bad, will bring a whole new audience to the original. Even if this whole thing is just a rumor...it STILL will cause some people to check it out who otherwise wouldn't have bothered. ~~~~~~you played it for her, you can play it for me...PLAY IT~~~~~~ Your faithful correspondent, The Ex Boy Genius
Marrakech1 Marrakech1 8 years
In French, we call it Un poisson d'Avril about Madonna's bad idea. Thus, i suggest her to play in Marrakech.
Storyplease Storyplease 8 years
If Madona wants to make a movie with a big role for her, she should make a movie about the biggest issue facing us today which brings up a bigger problem: What IS the biggest issue of today? Not Iraq. It's global warming, apathy, corrupt government unable, unwilling to deal with these big issues which threaten to consume us all. The obvious joke would be she'd play the Monica Lewinski role. But seriouisly, she might be able to play the part of someone who has had enough of corruption (maybe is dying) and decides, against her typical nature to support one good person who will stand up for what is right knowing that she is destroying her own career, not knowing or caring if it will make a real change in the world. Now that's a role she could bring to life. Casablanca, which is all dialog and very little action, goes against Hollywood film rule number 1, "Show don't tell.". I don't know of any actor other than Humphrey Bogart who could do 3 pages of dialog and keep an audience rivited to the screen. (Rick is the main character, not Ilsa) Casablanca was great because it was about a great time in history acted by people of that age. That's what gave it the touch of reality that allowed everything else to work.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
NO NO NO NO NO NO. Madonna is not even a great actress...
memotola memotola 8 years
Madonna,never, Natalie Portman and George Clooney could pull it off let madonna play the French lady who whores around with the Germans NEVER COULD SHE PULL OFF ILSA
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