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Octavia Spencer To Co-Star As AA Sponsor in 1962's "Days of Wine and Roses" Remake "Smashed"

by Vanessa Martinez
September 21, 2011 10:50 AM
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Smashed, a remake of the Blake Edwards 1962 classic Days of Wine and Roses, will be directed by James Ponsoldt based on a script co-written by him and Susan Burke. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are set to star as a married couple of alcoholics, whose relationship goes on the rocks when she becomes sober.

Octavia Spencer will play the wife's AA sponsor and Nick Offerman will play the principal of the school where she teaches. Actor Jack Lemmon starred in the original film.

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9 Comments

  • Jon | September 28, 2011 7:43 AMReply

    This actually isn't a remake of anything. It's an origanal script based loosely on screenwriter Burke's real life.

    It's been described as an "updated version", not a remake, of Wine and Roses and that topic matter is similar, but the screenwriters, director and Producers have not called it that.

  • tambay | September 22, 2011 11:09 AMReply

    @ Carey, BondGirl - actually "Memento" wasn't a remake. It was based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan (later published in Esquire magazine), adapted by Christopher Nolan. Maybe you're thinking of Nolan's second film, "Insomnia" which was a remake.

  • CareyCarey | September 22, 2011 9:15 AMReply

    I didn't even know Memento was a remake? Wow... learn something new every day. But y'all know I have a hard time seeing different color faces in classic roles. Suffice to say, as much as I agree that she killed her part in The Help, I'm not feeling Octavia in the remake of Days Of Wine and Roses... that's blasphemy. What next, a remake of "Street Car Named Desire" starring a couple of B-line black actors?

  • Jug | September 22, 2011 5:40 AMReply

    I actually thought about it & remakes are nothing new. Multiple INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS flicks, THE BLOB, AND THEN THERE NONE, SCARFACE (yes, DePalm's was a remake), PRIDE & PREJUDICE, pick ANY Shakespeare play...it's not new at all. It used to be S.O.P., when did we get all hateful towards remakes?

    Hey, I'm the first to say I can't stand remakes but then I had to reassess. I think the problem is now remake's are quick money schemes-they're all poorly done, rushed & capitalizing on new technologies that ironically are being done in by the very medium it's supposed to enhance. I agree with BondGirl, I loved THOMAS CROWN with Brosnan, TRUE LIES (didn't know it was a remake but now I do, Thanks!), RANSOM, etc.

    I think the films have to be handled like plays. We know the story, we know the subject matter-what is THIS interpretation? What are you trying to say with the same words, the same idea? Problem is, most scripts are written to be seen & we take the visual to be the definitive version. Folks used to love a new version of a movie because it was just that, "New & different take". Now, it's a "New & crappy swindlin', rug pulling" take.

    In the immortal words of Dave Chappelle "Gotcha Bitch!"

  • Tamara | September 22, 2011 2:46 AMReply

    Blake Edwards hmmm. Days of Wine and Roses. *makes a note to rent before Netflix implodes on itself*. Kudos to Octavia. See you soon, Aaron Paul.

  • BondGirl | September 22, 2011 2:08 AMReply

    @Carey & Tambay: Yes yes, Insomnia..that's the film I was thinking about. Memento came afterward I believe, but was an original.

  • BondGirl | September 21, 2011 12:27 PMReply

    @Jug: Octavia sure did! If she doesn't get an Oscar nom for The Help, I'll be so upset.

    I actually liked the remakes of Thomas Crown Affair, Mission Impossible, True Lies, Memento, Ransom etc. The problem lies with the same as an original script...lousy director, bad casting, and inexperienced writers.

  • artbizzy | September 21, 2011 11:28 AMReply

    so, so tired of remakes

  • Jug | September 21, 2011 11:09 AMReply

    She & Viola KILLED in THE HELP. Definitely a time where someone's talent got past the normal crap in entertainment. Congratz to her for real!

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