Murphy Brown creator Diane English has been laboring on and off for the last 12 years to remake George Cukor’s 1939 film The Women, and the wheels are once again in motion, with reports that Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, Anne Hathaway, and Candice Bergen are attached to star when shooting begins in March.
One can only hope. Here is a list of all the women who have, at one time or another, been attached to The Women:
Whitney Houston (oh, yeah, put her in it now, that’ll be good)
On top of all that, at one point, Mick Jagger was said to haveagreed to finance the project. James L. Brooks was originally slated todirect, followed by An Ideal Husband’s Oliver Parker, and now English herself is said to be at the helm, although IMDb tells us that she’s also got a movie called First Man, starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, on her 2007 schedule. (It is times like this that one questions IMDb.)
Anyway, what’s all the hoopla? Hard to say. Originally a play by Clare Boothe Luce, The Women hasbeen revived and remade many times (most recently as a 2001 Broadway revival with Kristen Johnston, Rue McClanahan, Cynthia Nixon, and JenniferTilly), and it’s hardly the freshest concept (ooh, bored high societywives!). Still, if English keeps with the tradition of the original,there will be plenty of meaty roles on which the female stars maychew… and nary a man in sight; Cukor cast all 130 speaking roles withwomen.
Oh. I think we just figured out why this project can’t get made.