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Russell Crowe in Negotiations for A Star is Born Remake

By April 2, 2010

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On the black carpet at the LA premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' Clash of the Titans, producer Basil Iwanyk [pictured] confirmed things are moving forward on another remake of A Star is Born. The original 1937 film won a best original screenplay Oscar for writers William A. Wellman and Robert Carson. The 1954 incarnation with Judy Garland and James Mason also earned some love from the Academy, garnering six nominations including nods in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. And the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson also found Oscar glory, picking up the Best Original Song Academy Award and earning nominations in three other categories. This new A Star is Born has some big shoes to fill, to say the least.

Iwanyk revealed Warner Bros is moving ahead with A Star is Born and is in negotiations with Russell Crowe to take on a starring role. Iwanyk also confirmed Nick Cassavetes, director of The Notebook, will helm the project, and shooting will begin this fall. However, Iwanyk said it'll be going into production without Beyonce in the lead, as had been rumored.

"We wanted Beyonce, she wanted to do it, but it was hard to figure out her dates and her deal," Iwanyk told me on the black carpet at the Clash of the Titans premiere. "She just came off of a huge world tour and Warners wants to have the movie for next summer, and so we just couldn't work out."

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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April 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(1) AL says:

THANK HEAVENS, B,WHATEVER HER NAME IS CAN’T DO THIS MOVIE WHICH WOULD BE A TERRIBLE CHIOCE. A REMAKE IS A REMAKE IS A REMAKE.

April 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm
(2) Gladiatrix says:

Russell please don’t do it! This is a dreadful cheesy story, and each successive version has only served to underline that. You should wait until something much better, more original and frankly worthy of your time and effort comes along.

April 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(3) Patukka says:

Isn’t this Cinderella story really about the female lead (Gaynor – Garland -Streisand not March-Mason-Kristofferson) ? At least, lead the marketing of the film with the reason why we will clamor for the glamor. Who will be the next Esther? Even though Nine was too obscure for most audiences, Fergie & Kate Hudson proved that they have some sparkle when it comes to a musical. ???

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