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The Madness Of ‘What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?’ Being Remade

Walter Hill, who most recently wrapped the Sylvester Stallone-starrer Bullet To The Head, has partnered with The Aldrich Company to develop a remake of the 1962 Bette Davis-Joan Crawford classic What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, says Deadline. Hill will write the script and direct the film. The original was directed and produced by Robert Aldrich, with Lukas Heller adapting the Henry Farrell novel.

Warner Bros. will release Bullet To The Head in February and Hill sparked to the idea of re-creating the nightmarish relationship between two sisters in a crumbling Hollywood mansion, where former child star Jane Hudson (Davis) holds captive her crippled former movie-queen sister (Crawford). “The two equal leads demand great performers — that is a given,” Hill said. “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.

The Aldrich Company controlled the rights on behalf of the original director and entrusted them to Hill.



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  • BabyJaneHudson

    I’m a huge fan (probably obvious) of this film, but its really all about the performances of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Its an intense, but admittedly its verging on schlocky B-movie territory. You’d need to get 2 great older actresses – possible, yes, but it took a lot of guts for Crawford and Davis to take on such unflattering roles. I don’t know if modern Hollywood would have the same willingness to reveal ugliness and wrinkles.

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