Capra's State of the Union remade
Frank Capra's 1948 film State of the Union which starred Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn is set to be remade by the man who made Overboard, Beaches, Pretty Woman, Frankie and Johnny, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries and its sequel.
What's more these great roles are going to be replaced by Richard Gere and Annette Benning, and you have to admit that's a great pairing to rival counter Tracy and Hepburn, don't you think?
Garry Marshall certainly has the credentials to make it work. He's great at the lighter, emotional stories, just look at some of those films he's directed. Mind you, that's not to say it's all good, Overboard?
Mind you there are some good titles in there, some films that carry strong characterisation as well as something more to the story than rose tinted glasses. Look at Pretty Woman, or Frankie and Johnny for example, the latter being a personal favourite of mine. His films can carry something very real, touching on small parts of darkness amongst the bright lights of an often realistic love story.
Look at Frankie and Johnny for something just like that, bringing together a love story between seemingly different but very similar characters, struggling to make it despite their differences and the external pressures of society against them. Okay, they aren't first and foremost, but the threads are there, and above it all there's fun and laughter as well as some very moving moments that aren't too cheesy or sickly sweet.
The news comes from Production Weekly Twitter through Cinema Blend and while the thought of remaking a Frank Capra film might be a little concerning, especially one with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in it, there's the fact that State of the Union isn't the biggest of his films and that someone rather competent is tackling the directing, then there's the cast.
Richard Gere and Annette Benning, two great actors who have proven before that they can bring out the real moments along with the required leading performances in a romantic film. Both have great screen charisma and presence. I think this could be a good remake, a solid remake, and perhaps bring us a good film.
The original tells the story of a married industrialist whose mistress, an heiress who is now a powerful publishing figure, persuades him to run for the Republican Presidential candidacy. His wife puts on the family face for the public and the campaign, and as the campaign continues so does the pressure on their relationship and from his political advisor.
Now that sounds a bit like Frankie and Johnny, but with darker, more realistic layers pulled up to the eye line a bit more.