You might remember, a few years ago, that there were plans for yet another remake of the classic “A Star is Born,” starring Beyoncé, and to be directed by Clint Eastwood.
It was rumored at the time that Beyoncé had been taking acting lessons to prepare for the role.
That project seemingly faded away, like so many other high profile projects announced with a lot of hype that never get made, and both Beyoncé and Eastwood went on to do other things.
It turns out that this “A Star is Born” remake never really died, but instead just went into hibernation.
Announced today, Bradley Cooper is set to make his feature directorial debut on the remake for Warner Bros, and will star in the film as well. Wit negotiations on the way, the studio is now eyeing Beyoncé to come back on board and play the role of the young woman whose dreams of stardom are helped by a self-destructive icon whose best days are behind him. As noted, the singer/actress was previously set to star in the film under Eastwood’s direction (Cooper wasn’t involved at the time).
I should note however that while Beyoncé is wanted for the part, nothing has been set at this time, so it may not happen.
The remake is technically the 4th version of the film to be made; the first “A Star Is Born” was released in 1937; then, most famously, in 1954, directed by George Cukor, with Judy Garland and James Mason; and then again in 1976 with Barbara Streisand and Kris Krisofferson, which was critically-panned at the time, but was the second highest grossing film that year.
Although “What Price Hollywood?” released in 1932, was also directed by Cukor.
The plot centers on the tragic evolving relationship between two performers – one an older, self-destructive alcoholic whose career is fading, and a young, promising entertainer, whose career is rising.
You will have to wait a while if you’re interested in a potential Beyoncé/Cooper remake, since production is scheduled to start in late 2016 or early 2017.