Hollywood: reports that Universal Pictures will develop a remake of the 1939 comedy "Midnight" as a starring vehicle for Reese Witherspoon. The film is reportedly being scripted by Michael Arndt, who won the Oscar for "Little Miss Sunshine." The original movie has long been one of my favorite films, and it is easily one of the best comedies of the '30s. In the original, Claudette Colbert starred as a destitute young woman in Paris who becomes a pawn when a wealthy man tries to get rid of the gigolo wooing his wife. A start date for filming has not been nailed down, as Witherspoon is reportedly deciding between several films for her next slot.
"The Women," another classic film from 1939, is being remade with an all-star cast and writer/producer Diane English, creator of "Murphy Brown." Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Candice Bergen have either signed or are near committing to star in the ensemble dramedy rumors say. Like the original film starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell, the remake will follow a group of female friends' reactions when the one they envied most discovers her husband's cheating on her. The film, which is being co-produced by Mick Jagger's Jagged Pictures and Inferno Entertainment, is reportedly scheduled to start shooting in August.
I love old movies so I'm sure I will enjoy these new ones. How about you?