Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

raigraphixs

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Walter Hill (The Warriors, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs., Red Heat, upcoming Stallone pic - Bullet to the Head) has signed on to write and direct a remake of the 1962 drama Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?.

Robert Aldrich, director of the original version, will also be involved with the remake.

The 1962 film centered on two sisters and former actresses (Bette Davis and Joan Crawford) who live in isolation in a Hollywood mansion. Their divergent career arcs led to a terribly unhealthy relationship.



1962 Synopsis & Trailer
As a child, “Baby Jane” Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister, Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then, one night in the early '30s, came the accident, which crippled Blanche for life and which was blamed on a drunken, jealous Jane. Flash-forward to 1962: Jane (Bette Davis), decked out in garish chalk-white makeup, still lives with the invalid Blanche (Joan Crawford) in their decaying L.A. mansion.

When Jane isn't tormenting the helpless Blanche by serving her dead rats for breakfast, she is plotting and planning her showbiz comeback. Convinced that her days are numbered if she remains in the house with her addlepated sister, Blanche desperately tries to get away, but all avenues of escape are cut off by the deranged Jane.

 
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They'll probably cast two hotties like Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel, because today's audiences can't relate to two crazed old biddies. :D

There already was a TV movie remake with Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave which, while no patch on the original, was quite interesting because went down a different path. The relationship between the sisters was less hateful, which is closer to the novel.
 
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brian s

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They'll probably cast two hotties like Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel, because today's audiences can't relate to two crazed old biddies. :D
I'd say don't put ideas in their heads but I daresay they've already at least considered the idea.

Bri
 

captainarchive

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They'll probably cast two hotties like Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel, because today's audiences can't relate to two crazed old biddies. :D

There already was a TV movie remake with Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave which, while no patch on the original, was quite interesting because went down a different path. The relationship between the sisters was less hateful, which is closer to the novel.
Perhaps that's because Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave didn't hate each other as much as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford did.
 
Perhaps that's because Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave didn't hate each other as much as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford did.
Possibly, but it also felt more like a re-adaptation of the novel than a re-make of the film. In the book the characters aren't as grotesque as they are in the Aldrich film. Then again, Davis enjoyed being grotesque if the role allowed for it and she sure hated Crawford.
 

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