The hubby and I watched a great movie recently: All About Eve. Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Gary Merrill. Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. TCM’s Robert Osborne says it’s one of the greatest movies ever made and we would have to agree. He also stated that it will never be remade, the way too many older movies are these days. I hope he’s right.
However, for a laugh, Hubby and I decided to take a try at casting an “All About Eve 2010”. Here’s what we came up with:
Character 1950 2010
Margo Channing Bette Davis Meryl Streep (badly aging star)
Eve Harrington Anne Baxter Cameron Diaz (scheming younger woman)
Max Fabian Gregory Ratoff Antonio Bandaras (foreign twit producer)
Addison DeWitt George Sanders Johnny Depp (scheming cynical critic)
Lloyd Richards Hugh Marlowe Leonardo DiCaprio (pretty-boy playwrite)
Bill Simpson Gary Merrill Keanu Reeves (director and boyfriend of aging star)
Karen Richards Celeste Holmes Susan Sarandon (aging star’s best friend)
Miss Casswell Marilyn Monroe Renee Zellweger (empty-headed protégé of cynical critic)
Bertie Thelma Ritter Shirley MacLaine (down-to-earth maid of aging star)
Phoebe Barbara Bates Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan (even younger scheming woman)
Wouldn’t that be simply awful?
The original is fantastic. There is no reason to ever remake this movie and, yet, I’m sure that the idea is percolating through some movie-maker’s head.
Most remakes of classic movies are dreadful and this one would be no exception.
If you haven’t seen this movie, you should make time to do so. It’s so worth it!!