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Zemeckis to Warm Up 'Death Becomes Her' at Bravo. Why?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 7, 2012 at 2:34PM

NBCUniversal cable channel Bravo is set to remake Bob Zemeckis's 1992 Universal film "Death Becomes Her" as a one-hour TV movie. I am mystified as to why. Zemeckis, whose new deal is at Universal, will exec produce the drama along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine for producer Universal Cable Prods. and Lupara Prods., who will be looking for a writer, reports Variety.
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 Zemeckis and Washington on set of 'Flight'
Paramount Zemeckis and Washington on set of 'Flight'


NBCUniversal cable channel Bravo is set to remake Bob Zemeckis's 1992 Universal film "Death Becomes Her" as a one-hour TV movie. I am mystified as to why. Zemeckis, whose new deal is at Universal, will exec produce the drama along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine for Universal Cable Prods. and Lupara Prods., who will be looking for a writer, reports Variety.

This feels how-are-the-mighty fallen to me. Does Zemeckis need cash? Is he being nice to his new Universal partners? I don't get it. Zemeckis is a big-deal A-list director who granted, did lose his lucrative Disney Imageworks deal after the ignominious flop "Mars Needs Moms" ($40 million worldwide). He has been accustomed to working on a far grander scale than $35-million "Flight," whose star Denzel Washington is in the awards season fray for best actor kudos. Zemeckis earned respect from his peers for making that risky move into live-action drama.

"Death Becomes Her" was a modest hit in its day ($207 million worldwide) with innovative visual effects, starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as two rivals fighting to achieve eternal youth. How does a one-hour TV remake advance the cause for anyone?

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.