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'Endless Love' Getting The Remake You've Been Waiting For From 'Country Strong' Director Shana Feste

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by Joe Cunningham
August 3, 2012 10:56 AM
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Remember 1981’s “Endless Love” starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt (who he?) from Italian director Franco Zeffirelli? Well, this writer doesn’t, but that would be the case for any Brooke Shields film made before he was born. A lot of people just might remember it though, but not because of the romantic drama plot about a teenage couple whose love is continually thwarted by (as IMDb puts it) by “circumstance and accident.” So why might you remember it then? Well, there are two reasons. The first is the song’s theme – the Diana Ross and Lionel Richie song of the same name. The second is that it was the first appearance of a 19 year-old Tom Cruise on the big screen.

By all accounts the film itself was a bit of a stinker, earning six Golden Raspberry Awards at the time, however "Endless Love" (or more likely the name and association with the hit song) is obviously considered by some to carry enough name recognition for modern audiences to justify a remake. “Country Strong” director Shana Feste has been hired by Universal to helm the new version of the film, and rewrite an earlier script by Josh Safran ("Gossip Girl") which will presumably be pitched at the “Twilight” audience who will likely be yearning for more teen angst and romance after their favourite franchise comes to an end.

So who can we expect to see in this? Well if Feste decides to work with any members of her "Country Strong" cast again then maybe we could see Leighton Meester or Garrett Hedlund (providing they’re not considered too old), and we certainly wouldn’t bet against Brooke Shields agreeing to a role if they’ll have her. This is one of those remakes that won’t be in danger of infuriating fans of the original, but maybe that will be different for whoever they (inevitably) ask to cover the title song. Maybe they can get someone on board to act and sing? Miley Cyrus, anyone? You can see the entire picture below via Snag Films.

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3 Comments

  • mary | September 6, 2012 3:31 AMReply

    I've been thinking they should re make this. But I keep thinking Daniel Radcliffe would make an excellent David, and have him keep the english accent. Might slice things up. As for Jade, no clue. Hard to fill Brooke's shoes. But i think it would be kinda cool if she came back to play Anne. Just sayin. Hope this comes to fruition.

  • Shia | August 3, 2012 11:18 AMReply

    The chemistry between Meester and Hedlund in Country Strong was insaaaane but other than that, the film was such a dud.

    Feste is good with actors but a good filmmaker she is not.

  • Drew | August 3, 2012 11:11 AMReply

    The original "Endless Love" novel by Scott Spencer was brilliant and beloved by book critics. Great story of a young man's obsession unhinged, with warped psychological underpinnings. The Zefferelli movie was an awful gauzey bomb that veered from away from the original story.

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