The idea of remaking “The Women” was not one I found horrendous. Actually I was welcoming it, feeling a nice update could be just what underworked actresses in Hollywood needed.
It was all going lovely, even the news that Dianne English was writing and directing did not cause me concern.
Then the cast was announced.
Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Debra Messing, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith and Candice Bergen were all the first cast members announced.
I am not saying these actresses are bad in any way shape for form, or that they are the wrong choice. What I am saying is that these women are all well known. Even an experienced director would have a hard time telling the story with so many familiar faces on board.
Dianne English is not experienced.
And now it seems she has gone ahead and cast even more big names.
Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Lynn Whitfield and Debi Mazar have now been added to the cast.
This will be less than a movie and more of a game of ‘name that actress’. The end results do not bode well.
The most positive thing that can come of this is that Lyne Whitfield gets more work and it is really going to make Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon so much easier to play.