The “what’s old is new again” approach Paramount Pictures has taken in recent months hasn’t worked too well (see Ben-Hur and the bombing of Rings earlier this month). Yet, the studio is going to keep trying until something works, this time with an effort to remake the 1983 Oscar-winning film Terms of Endearment.
Oprah Winfrey already is attached to the project, ready go take on Aurora Greenway, according to The Wrap, which won Shirley MacLaine an Oscar in the original film. Paramount also is negotiating with Lee Daniels – who directed Winfrey in the 2013 film The Butler.
The original film won three other Oscars besides MacLaine’s win and best picture. James L. Brooks – who would go on to be a producer on The Simpsons – earned Oscars for best directing and best adapted screenplay. Jack Nicholson would win best actor in a supporting role.
It was based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, who would later win an Oscar for co-writing Brokeback Mountain with Diana Ossana.
The film covers 30 years of the relationship between Aurora and her feisty daughter Emma, and their struggle to find the courage and humor to live through life’s hazards.
Terms of Endearment earned $108.4 million in 1983, or $268.2 million today. It was ranked No. 2 in domestic box office in 1983, according to The Numbers, behind only Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which tripled the box office take of this film.
Winfrey, herself nominated for two Oscars in her career for The Color Purple and Selma, is set to play Mrs. Which in A Wrinkle in Time.
Daniels is the creator of two popular Fox prime-time dramas – Empire and Star.
In terms of other not-so-good revivals by Paramount in recent months, Ben-Hur starring Jack Huston in the title role, earned just $88.7 million globally against a budget of $100 million.
Rings, looking to continue the success of 2002’s The Ring, was released Feb. 3, and has since earned just under $52 million.
No other details for the new Terms of Endearment, including potential filming or release dates, were shared.
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