Close says Sunset Boulevard on way
Glenn Close has revealed that the two year wait for the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical of Sunset Boulevard to make it to the big screen is not in vain, and although it is taking some time it's happening, just very slowly.
The stunning actress Glenn Close played Norma Desmond in the stage musical and is set to reprise her role for the film, but in her words to MTV Movies Blog she seems frustrated with the speed of development.
"It's going very slowly...I think a lot of people are scared [because] it's a musical...
...I think you have to have a very smart writer who can translate it to film, because it's kind of a hybrid. But 'Chicago' worked wonderfully and 'Hairspray' is working wonderfully. It can be done."
She won't yet reveal who the leading man will be in the story that first came to life in Billy Wilder's 1950 film starring Gloria Swanson. She played the aging actress who was once big in silent films and wants to make a comeback into the "talkies" and who entices a struggling screenwriter, played by William Holden, into writing a script for her. She falls for him, while behind her back he falls for someone younger, some he's working on another project with, and soon she begins to fight to keep him and her career comeback.
The film carries those immortal lines:
"'You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.' 'I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.'
'We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!'
'And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.'"
I can just imagine Glenn Close delivering those lines, I'd love to see that. So roll on that new film version...part of me is just thinking it's a shame that it's going to be a musical.