“You don’t need a whole herd of them. You only need one big one.” Not so, says Nicole Kidman, whose production company Blossom will remake 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire for 20th Century Fox.Sacha Gervasi, who wrote The Terminal, will come up with the screenplay for a contemporarily set “complete overhaul of the original story.”
Kidman may star in the film, but it’s not clear which role she’ll take on. I personally don’t see her running into walls and giggling her way throughout the movie like Marilyn Monroe’s Pola (not to mention Kidman’s a much better actress), and I also can’t imagine her dreaming about a steak-and-cheese sub like Betty Grable’s character, Loco. Nikki Kids does do the tall, wry, bitchy-in-a-funny-way thing very well, so she’d probably be best suited for Lauren Bacall’s character, Schatze Page.
But putting aside all that, do we need a remake of Millionaire? Can it rise above the gender clichés it should be making fun of, or will it be an anticlimactic camp fest like the Stepford Wives remake (also starring Kidman)? And will the fashion show scene (if there is one) contain leggings? Because I’m gonna want my money back.