In the second piece of recent movie news that features the year 1939, screenwriter Diane English is finally close to securing a large cast of ladies for a remake of the 1939 classic The Women after working for many years to get the project going. Variety has the scoop:
Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Candice Bergen have either signed or are near committing to star in a contemporized version of the George Cukor-directed film, which Picturehouse will distribute domestically next year.
The bitchy tone of the Clare Boothe Luce play lent itself perfectly to a 1939 original film that starred Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and others.
[Diane English's] script maintains the arch spirit of the original, and the all-female cast, but the gals aren't as relentlessly catty this time around. Story follows a group of female friends when the one they envied most discovers her husband's cheating on her.
I am so looking forward to seeing all these fabulous women in one film, though the article also mentions that the movie's budget is $20 million, so I'm curious how that will be spread out among such a great-looking cast. Another peculiar tidbit: Mick Jagger is producing. Some bizarre details going on here, but I have faith this quirky project will turn out to be awesome.