A third remake of “A Star Is Born” has been collecting cobwebs at Warner Bros. for several years, with Clint Eastwood attached to direct Beyonce in 2011.
But then Blue Ivy was conceived, and Beyonce had to back out of the project, forcing Eastwood to move on as well (to “Jersey Boys.”).
The project has been resuscitated yet again at Warner Bros, with Beyonce eyed for the lead once more under new director – and first time director – actor Bradley Cooper (who ironically starred in Eastwood’s “American Sniper”).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper is in talks to make his directorial debut with the film, and has already signed on to produce, along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber and Basil Iwanyk.
The film, based on the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, centers on a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. The original version was directed by William A. Wellman and garnered eight Academy Award nominations.
The first remake came out in 1954 and starred Judy Garland and James Mason. It was nominated for a slew of awards, and Garland and Mason won best actress and actor Golden Globes for their work.
The second remake, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, was directed by Frank Pierson. It won five Golden Globe Awards including best motion picture – musical/comedy, as well as the Academy Award for best original song for “Evergreen.”
Cooper has been building up a strong relationship with Warner Bros., and sources say he’s been considering several projects to direct. His production company with Todd Phillips has a first-look deal with the studio.
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