Universal Pictures and producer Scott Stuber are gearing up for a remake of Endless Love, the 1981 Franco Zefirelli-directed film about obsessive teenage love that starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt, and which launched the movie career of Tom Cruise in a small role. Shana Feste, who helmed Country Strong, is aboard to helm the new version, which seems like a good venue to break new talent. Question: in this period where Hollywood is in endless love with remakes, are they green lighting anything these days that is not a remake of a so-so movie from the 80s or even more recently? What really sucks is that I remember all these movies when they opened in their original forms. Maybe it’s a depressing sign of aging. Still, it seems like studios are going to well on these things faster and faster, as happened with Amazing Spider-Man and this weekend’s Total Recall. Does anybody out there have an original idea?
Feste will rewrite an earlier draft by Josh Safran, and Stuber and Pam Abdy of Bluegrass Films will produce with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire. Tracy Falco will exec produce.