Revolves around a decaying Hollywood mansion where Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen from the 30′s are forced into retirement after a crippling accident. The 1962 thriller starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford playing the toxic sisters.
Director Walter Hill (48 Hours, The Warriors, Bullet To The Head) will be helming a remake of What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? for Lakeshore Entertainment, per Variety. He’ll be directing from his own script (which has been adapted from the original novel by Henry Farrell).
The film “revolves around a decaying Hollywood mansion where Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen from the 30′s are forced into retirement after a crippling accident.” The original 1962 thriller starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
No word on casting or a release date yet, but stay tuned!
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.