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

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by Anne Thompson
December 7, 2012 2:34 PM
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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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7 Comments

  • Sander | February 17, 2013 7:58 AMReply

    Fondness we don't understand? Death Becomes Her has a great fanbase, the movie is loved by many, just underrated

  • JIM | December 8, 2012 10:21 AMReply

    DEATH BECOMES HER IS STOLEN WORK!!! BRAVO AND ROBERT ZEMECKIS HAVE STOLEN MY WORK A INSANE NUMBER OF TIMES!!! YOU WILL BE SUED!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!

  • ray | December 7, 2012 8:04 PMReply

    who cares? at least fans of the 1992 version might finally get a decent region 1/ntsc widescreen dvd/blu-ray release with all the bells and whistles out of it (trailer, deleted scenes, feature-ettes, etc). I"M ONE OF THEM! ;-)

  • Adam | December 7, 2012 7:30 PMReply

    They should put a ban on making remakes of 90's movies and tv series. In my opinion the best decade for entertainment.

  • Adam | December 7, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    Please.... No..... I won't be watching this. 'Death becomes her' Is one of my all time Favorate movies, they are just going to spoil it :( Why can't they just leave all the greats alone!!!

  • matt | December 7, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    Because it's a back door pilot.

  • Taylor Allen | December 7, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    Back door pilot possibly?

    The movie itself is an odd duck in Zemeckis's filmography. Perhaps he has a certain fondness for it that we don't understand.

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