HOLLYWOOD – Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name is to be remade as a heterosexual love story.
Set in Italy in 1983, Call Me by Your Name chronicles the romantic relationship between a 17-year-old Italian-American boy, Elio Perlman, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver. Timothée Chalamet and Armi Hammer star and the film has received critical praise and even Oscar buzz. Now it looks like a remake is in the offing, but with a twist. A source close to the remake told the Studio Exec:
We love the piece and we want to see what it would look like as a heterosexual love story. After all, the themes themselves are universal and not specific to any particular sexual orientation.
Ellen Page and Zachary Quinto have signed on to play the two leads. Quinto spoke to Studio Exec about the role:
Normally it isn’t something that would attract me. But the novel is so strong and I like the challenge of playing a straight man who isn’t Vulcan.
Ellen Page countered criticism that the new film is swapping over the sexuality.
I think it is proof of how much progress we’ve made that it honestly doesn’t matter one bit if this story is gay or straight. It’s all love after all.
The remake is only the latest in a series of ‘re-straights’ – Heterosexual versions of gay movies – that have taken Hollywood by storm. The success of Healthy Back Mountain in 2016 began the trend, which was swiftly followed by Daryl – a remake of Todd Haynes’ Carol – and Blue is NOT the Warmest Color.
Call Me by My Name comes out in 2019.
HOLLYWOOD – Flatliners remake will get a sequel – Flatliners 2 – despite atrocious reviews.
Michael Douglas announced Flatliners 2. The remake of the 1991 Joel Schumacher thriller about medical students exploring death died at the box office and with the critics. The follow up will take the first film’s fate as its inspiration. A source close to the production told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
It’s going to be really meta. We’re going to have a bunch of film students who in order to explore what is wrong with Hollywood start to experiment with how to remake Flatliners, a remake starring Ellen Page of a relatively uninteresting Kiether Sutherland thriller. The film is death itself. Way too long and uninteresting with no right to exist. I mean no one really liked the 1991 version either. So they go in deep, but before you know it they’re going in deeper trying to remake Herbie Reloaded and Total Recall again.
Flatliners 2 will be released in 2019.
HOLLYWOOD – Following the critical success of FX’s hit show Fargo, more Coen Brothers spin offs are being lined up for the Fall season.
There are currently three Coen Brothers shows in pre-production:
- Hudsucker will follow the fortunes of Norville Barnes (Zach Braff), a young inventor who’s placed in a position of power by the conniving executive of the Hudsucker company, Sidney J. Mussburger (John Lithgow). An insider says, ‘This will be a Mad Men style period drama but also keeping the screwball comedy of the original.’
- The Dude sees the return of everyone’s favorite bowler Jeffrey (The Dude) Lebowksi, to be played by William Hurt. The Dude opens a PI office with old pal Walter Sobchak (Hugh Laurie) and each week will investigate crazy cases from a series of LA style off beats, while at the same time trying to progress into the regionals of the Bowling League. An insider tells us: ‘This will be Hart to Hart for the millennials.’
- Raising Utah sees slacker couple John Krasinski and Ellen Page kidnap a baby and start an epic journey across America. Sam Mendes will direct. An FX executive promises ‘It won’t be very good.’
All shows are due to premier in the Fall.