Saturday, August 15, 2009

Kate Winslet as a TV Mildred Pierce?

I'm hearing from reliable sources that Oscar-winner Kate Winslet's next major project will be Mildred Pierce, to be written and directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven). Since the project is intended as a television miniseries, I'm thinking it will be less a remake of the 1945 film for which Joan Crawford won her only Oscar and more a fresh adaptation of James M. Cain's novel. (Other Cain novels adapted to film in the 1940s included the classics The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity). From what I hear, the only holdup to the Winslet-Haynes project is finding someone to pick up the tab. The leading contender right now appears to be HBO.

There's also talk that, because of the successes of Doubt and Julie and Julia, that actresses Meryl Streep and Amy Adams should find more films to co-star in together. One such talked about project is a remake of All About Eve, which would be a great career move for Ms. Adams (What else does Ms. Streep have to prove?). I'm hearing if the Ms. Adams is not available, Anne Hathaway would be a possibility.

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