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'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' Getting a Remake: VIDEO


Writer-director Walter Hill will pen and direct a remake of 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? which starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as Baby Jane Hudson and her crippled sister Blanche, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Hill will adapt the screenplay from Lukas Heller’s screenplay for the original film, which in turn was based on Henry Farrell’s novel.

The announcement is sure to trigger lots of speculation over which current actresses can step into the roles so vividly created by Davis and Crawford. “The two equal leads demand great performers – that is a given,” Hills 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.”

Who would you cast in the remake? Please have at it in the comments.

A clip from the classic, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I'd love to see a remake with Vanessa Redgrave starring!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jul 12, 2012 7:44:24 AM

  2. Dame Judi Dench as Blanche and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Jane.

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 12, 2012 7:45:38 AM

  3. Cloris Leachman as Jane.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 12, 2012 7:51:06 AM

  4. Hellen Mirren as Jane, Maggie Smith as Blanche.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Jul 12, 2012 7:58:30 AM

  5. Maggie Smith as Jane. She would be amazing.

    Posted by: Erich | Jul 12, 2012 7:58:39 AM

  6. wasn't there already a tv remake starring lynn redgrave and vanessa redgrave? in the early 90s? didn't see it but if i recall...

    Posted by: matt | Jul 12, 2012 8:02:17 AM

  7. Meryl Streep and Glenn Close.

    Posted by: MG | Jul 12, 2012 8:06:30 AM

  8. Sally Fields as Jane and Jessica Lange as Blanche.

    Posted by: DickG | Jul 12, 2012 8:07:01 AM

  9. I'm changing my vote. Rather than Helen Mirren as Jane, give me Angela Lansbury

    Posted by: Joey Y | Jul 12, 2012 8:07:37 AM

  10. John Travolta and Tom Cruise?

    Posted by: trickgood | Jul 12, 2012 8:07:40 AM

  11. I agree with Glenn Close & Meryl Streep.

    Posted by: Steven | Jul 12, 2012 8:11:16 AM

  12. Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman

    Posted by: mike | Jul 12, 2012 8:11:33 AM

  13. John Travolta for sure!

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 12, 2012 8:11:55 AM

  14. Madonna and Lady Gaga.
    The acting would be horrible, but the subtext delicious.

    Posted by: Steve D. | Jul 12, 2012 8:12:36 AM

  15. Streep and Fonda

    Posted by: dattexas | Jul 12, 2012 8:14:24 AM

  16. Streep and Fonda

    Posted by: dattexas | Jul 12, 2012 8:14:30 AM

  17. Now that I think about it, the reason the original had such tension was the long-time feud between David & Crawford. So maybe the remake should cast Jennifer Aniston & Angelina Jolie?

    Posted by: Steven | Jul 12, 2012 8:14:52 AM

  18. Just leave the film alone! There are seriously no new ideas left in Hollywood.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jul 12, 2012 8:15:14 AM

  19. Remaking this movie is heresy! Leave it along, Hollywood, and just make yet another movie for adolescent males instead.

    Posted by: K in VA | Jul 12, 2012 8:18:31 AM

  20. Glen Close and Patti LuPone

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 12, 2012 8:26:51 AM

  21. BAD idea. VERY bad idea.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 12, 2012 8:26:59 AM

  22. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Of course it should not be touched or remade, and of course the remake will suck, but for the sake of argument who will make the best, most thrilling hot mess?

    Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn <-- Death Becomes Her rematch

    Glenn Close and Anjelica Houston <-- intense

    Alfre Woodard and Angela Bassett <--- hot

    Sally Field and Jessica Lange <-- revenge of the 70's Oscar winners

    Cher and Barbra <-- head-explodingly gay

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jul 12, 2012 8:29:16 AM

  23. Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron

    Posted by: Donald | Jul 12, 2012 8:34:04 AM

  24. Anjelica Houston and Susan Sarandon.

    Posted by: paul | Jul 12, 2012 8:36:45 AM

  25. Meryl as Jane and Marcia Gay Harden as Blanche.

    Posted by: Ian | Jul 12, 2012 8:41:36 AM

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