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Frank Oz remaking 'Stepford Wives'

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by scarecroe, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

    That he's directing it isn't news, but the film goes into production soon and some more talent has signed since.
    • Walken, Close Step Closer to 'Wives'
      By Michael Fleming
      Mon Mar 10, 3:43 AM ET

      NEW YORK (Variety) - Oscar-nominated Catch Me if You Can star Christopher Walken and actress Glenn Close are in talks to join the Frank Oz-directed remake of The Stepford Wives, and Paramount is also wooing country songstress Faith Hill to play a role in the film.

      Walken and Close are eyed to play the municipal leaders of Stepford, and one of them might be behind the campaign to transform the dissident townsfolk into robotized perfect mates.

      It was unclear what role the Grammy-winning Hill was being asked to play, but the country music beauty would certainly fit the personification of that Stepford ideal.

      Walken, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Leonardo DiCaprio's father in Catch Me If You Can, won a Screen Actors Guild award for that role on Sunday night.

      Nicole Kidman tops a cast that already includes John and Joan Cusack and Roger Bart, the latter of whom plays a gay character with effeminate mannerisms who is transformed into a beer-guzzling soccer dad.

      The darkly comic remake was scripted by Paul Rudnick (In & Out, Addams Family Values), and the film is being produced by Scott Rudin (In & Out, The Hours, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Truman Show).

    • Cusack eyes prime locale in 'Stepford'
      By Zorianna Kit
      Fri Mar 7, 1:08 AM ET

      LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- John Cusack is in negotiations to star opposite Nicole Kidman in Paramount Pictures' The Stepford Wives for director Frank Oz and producer Scott Rudin. The project will begin shooting in June.

      Cusack's sister Joan also stars in the project, marking the seventh time that the siblings have worked together after most recently collaborating on High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank.

      Stepford is a remake of the 1975 thriller about a woman (Kidman) who moves into a neighborhood where husbands have transformed their wives into robots designed to cater to them. Cusack will play Kidman's husband. Joan Cusack plays Bobbie Markowitz, a hostile, sarcastic, cranky woman who is out of shape and enjoys drinking but gets transformed into a robot.

      Paul Rudnick wrote Stepford, which is based on Ira Levin's (Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil) novel of the same name. Donald De Line (Domestic Disturbance) is also producing Stepford, with Keri Selig (Three to Tango) executive producing.

      John Cusack, repped by WMA, next stars in Columbia Pictures' thriller Identity for director James Mangold and 20th Century Fox/New Regency Pictures' The Runaway Jury.
  2. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Yeah, I heard about this a little while ago. Meant to post here about it, but forgot. It's going to be a comedy as opposed to the original drama.
  3. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

    Yeah, it was announced last fall (or summer?) that Oz would be directing.

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