So most everyone in Hollywood knows now that Clint Eastwood is remaking “A Star is Born” and that Beyoncé is the rumoured lead, what we don’t know is why he would base his version on the singer/songwriter version with Kristofferson and Streisand that was, for lack of a better word, god awful! (Sorry Babs, it wasn’t you as much as him!)
Warner has had this project in the making for years, this will be the fourth installment in the fading star meets bright young thing who surpasses them in the stardom department, therefore wreaking havoc on their romantic entanglement. I should mention, as far as Clint Eastwood is concerned, I have nothing but respect for his film projects thus far (I am speaking of course about his producing/directing credits, not so much his 70′s and 80′s acting gigs, lest we all forget “Every Which Way but Loose” – whatever happened to Clyde the orangutan anyways?)! I am so deathly sick of remakes, especially a remake of a remake…of a remake?
So, Eastwood says he wants to model his film on the Streisand version which was itself an updated remake of the aging actor/young starlet storyline, putting an aging rockstar/up and coming singer spin on things. The original “A Star is Born” starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March (1937), then came the the remake of the same name (1954) starring Judy Garland and James Mason, (all four actors from the first two films were nominated for Academy Awards) then came another remake with the same name (yes that makes three and counting) starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (1976), which I clearly am not too fond of, as an interesting aside here’s what Kristofferson has been quoted as saying about working with Babs:
“Filming with Streisand is an experience which may have cured me of the movies.”
But I digress, back to Clint’s version. Though production was supposed to have begun on the film, there have been mild setbacks such as Beyonce’s pregnancy, and oh yes, not having a male lead! Rumours have swirled that Russell Crowe, Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio have all passed. The latest buzz is that Tom Cruise has been approached. Makes sense, since it’s a musical and Tom recently completed Rock of Ages in which he portrays aging rocker Stacee Jaxx (release date June 2012), so if Cruise is going to be the new musical it boy, what’s next? A remake of The Sound of Music perhaps? where we can see Cruise’s profiled mug close-up while he warbles through a forgettable duet in a poorly lit gazebo (where’s Bill Lee when you need him). This in no way is a slam on the original 1965 version of The Sound of Music, as it is of course perfection, just a little too many remakes for my taste going on in the movies right now (agree or disagree in the comments below).
Regardless of my opinion on remakes, and my disappointment on modelling anything after a film starring Kris Kristofferson, I will watch this new “A Star is Born” musical, as will many. Clint Eastwood has a way of making real and honest films, and he is no stranger to musicals, he himself has sung more in film and soundtracks than most know. Here’s an interesting little link to a site honouring those soundbites.
HardlyHedda is following this story closely and will report when the male lead is confirmed.