Walter Hill Remaking ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’
Writer and director Walter Hill has a long and varied resume -- and it looks like he'll be adding to it very soon with an upcoming remake of 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'
Deadline reports that Hill has announced he'll be partnering with The Aldrich Company to develop a remake of the 1962 film 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?', itself based on the novel by Henry Farrell.
Hill just finished work on 'Bullet to the Head,' starring Sylvester Stallone, and his past credits include classics like 'The Driver' and 'The Warriors,' as well as 'Another 48 Hours,' 'Brewster's Millions,' episodes of 'Tales From the Crypt,' and writing credits for 'Aliens' and 'Alien 3.' That's an impressively diverse list of projects, so we can't exactly say we're shocked at the idea of Hill working on a remake of a classic such as this one.
The original film starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as sisters and former starlets -- one a former child star, the other a crippled actress forced into early retirement -- living in isolation. It was directed by Robert Aldrich, and the rights now belong to The Aldrich Company, who will produce alongside Hill.
Hill is quoted as saying, "The two equal leads demand great performers– that is a given. 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." Seems like Hill is on the right track with this one.