Most of us who grew up enjoying entertainment in the 90s and 00s probably felt like we were living through The Remake Era– where it felt like every year included 2 or 3 films that were new takes on older (usually better) movies. Could it be that we’re not entering the Remakes of Remakes Era?
Just last week I wrote about the latest developments on the new Scarface, which will be the third take on that story. Now comes news that Bradley Cooper is set to make his feature directorial debut on A Star Is Born. Yes, the same A Star Is Born that came out in 1937, was remade in 1954, and then again in 1976. Those films told the same basic tale of a young, aspiring singer aided by a fading, self-destructive icon that is struggling to stay relevant. By all accounts, this new take will tell the same story. Only this time Cooper would play the past-his-prime star, and the production would love for BeyoncÃ© Knowles to play the singer he helps.
This isn’t BeyoncÃ©’s first dance with this remake. This film has been trying to get made for years and, at one point, Clint Eastwood was attached and ready to helm the project. At that time, BeyoncÃ© was said to be attached. That fell apart. Now Cooper is onboard, and Warner Bros would love to get BeyoncÃ© back on since they think this pairing and film could create the kind of film/music pop culture crossover moment that The Bodyguard had back in 1992.
BeyoncÃ©’s a proven commodity, and Cooper is thought of as one of Hollywood’s new golden boys- capable of garnering the sort of multihyphenate attention currently enjoyed by Ben Affleck. If this works out, he’ll succeed where several others failed. This long-gestating remake has had names linked to in the past like Christian Bale, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Maybe this time, with Cooper coming off of three consecutive Academy Award nominations and a huge box office hit (American Sniper), things will fall into place a little easier.
Cooper is even said to be taking a pass at rewriting the script with Will Fetters.