It's being remade by New Line Cinema.
Please help them cast it!
Steve and Tony
Another example of the barren imagination and poverty of ideas in Hollywood.
But no one under 50 knows how it ends.
I thought Kimberlin Brown had said it's unlikely that she'd ever reprise her iconic role!
Brava, R1! Accusing others of a barren imagination while making no attempt at answering a question requiring imagination. Kudos!
Just remake it with the cast of "Modern Family"-Ty Burrell may as well be Richard Benjamin anyway.
Is Richard Benjamin gay?
He was so obviously Tony Perkins' stand in in this movie.
They should remake "A Little Night Music" instead.
Imagine what sort of dismal imitation of the peerless Dyan Cannon we'd see...
Nooooooooo! They'll eff it up!
I wouldn't call Dyan Cannon "peerless." There is Courtney Stodden.
Why can't Dyan reprise her own role? That character is ageless!
Did you all know that the brief glimpse you get in the original of Sheila (the wife, not the boat) was based on drunken Elizabeth Taylor c.1971?
Joel Schumacher, Costume Designer
NOOOOOOOOO!! Goddamn it, the original was perfect. Well, except for Raquel Welch, who was perfectly horrid. But no one will ever be fit to touch Joan Hackett's gin bottle.
"Give me a glass of water and a couple of lesbians".
This is the film that gave Olivia deHavilland such a glowing angelic reputation and she's not even in the damn thing!
Wrong r2. I'm 35 and I know this movie.
Still waiting on a answer about Richard Benjamin. He always pinged to me.
Poor Tony Perkins. He could've been quite the brilliant sexy hipster if he'd been born just a generation later.
Tony Perkins was very much the briliant sexy hipster in the 1950s. His entire persona and career was based on that image until Psycho changed it forever in 19560.
You were the one who missed out. You're too young.
Emma Stone as Sue Mengers!
Lee Paice as Richard Benjamin!
Eva Mendes as Raquel Welch!
You're right r16. But he was also deeply in the closet, bitter and self-loathing. I guess what I meant is that he could have lived more happily as a gay/bi man today. His homosexuality might have been accepted as more a positive part of his character wouldn't have been such a damned burden.
He would not have to live with the mumbojumbo psychology crap "experts" out there trying to "fix" him.
I love that story from Perkins' bio about a party thrown by Perkins' gay-curing therapist, which turned into a cruisefest of the gay men (with wives) present.
Wait a minute - IS THIS THE END OF PRIME TIME AT THE DATALOUNGE?
James Coburn - James Spader
Raquel - Salma Hayek
Richard Benjamin - Topher Grace
Dyan Cannon - Cameron Diaz
Joan Hackett - January Jones
James Mason - Dustin hoffman
Ian McShane - Jason Isaacs
Didn't someone specify a -TV- remake?
So NOBODY has any gossip on Richard Benjamin? No one? ???
[quote] Still waiting on a answer about Richard Benjamin. He always pinged to me.
that's news to Paula Prentiss!
Jessica Chastain as Joan Hackett Character
Eva Mendes as Raquel Welch
Chloe Sevigny as Dyan Cannon
Clinton Green...Jeff Bridges
Philip...Uh, I got nothn'
On a personal note...
Richard Benjamin is not gay at all. He has been married to Paula Prentiss since 1961. The late Ann Prentiss was a Lesbian, though, and that is about it.
These casting suggestions are horrible.
The original is brilliant and witty. No scenes dedicated to bowel movements or other bodily functions. And no inane one liners. Maybe that's why they feel they have to remake, but for the sake of all humanity, leave it alone. THE HEARTBREAK KID remake was terrible enough.
oh come on r28 its a fun movie but hardly a masterpiece. Aside from Cannon most of the performances are merely serviceable and could easily be surpassed. i mean cmon...raquel welch.
Raquel Welch isn't a great actress, but she's turned in some decent work. SHEILA is one.
Eva Mendes? Please. I can't even name a movie off the top of my head that she's been in.
There might be some people who could pull it off, but it doesn't matter. Hollywood doesn't have a clue about making this type of movie anymore. If it's remade, it will contain the same dreadful, dumbed down, obvious comedy bits that every other movie has today. You can quote me on that.
Don't let Diane English anywhere near it!
Or even Nora Ephron, for that matter.
OH GREAT!!! Another remake of a film that bombed the first time around. I can't wait till they remake "The Wizard of Oz" with Beyonce as Dorothy, Oprah as the Wicked Witch Of The East, Ellen as Glenda, Taylor Lautner as the Tin Man, Ryan Gosling as the Scarecrow, Seth Rogin as the Lion and George Clooney as The Wizard.
I remember seeing it in a theater for the first time in 1972 or 73 and how surprised we all were by hearing Bette Midler singing "Friends" over the closing credits.
It was a big song then among the NY gays but not quite so well-known by others. The song and Bette's career really took off from that moment.
I think we all expected a Sondheim song in the scoring but they made the right decision.
[quote] Ellen as Glenda
It's GLINDA, dear.
Well, at least they aren't remaking a good movie.
I really enjoy watching it when it is on TV so I would really hate having it gutted of what little it had. I like snotty people one upping each other. That's why I come to DL.
Like most good mysteries, you can't really watch it with the same wonderment, enthusiasm and tension as the very first time.
Obviously, knowing the twists and turns makes a big difference in your viewing pleasure.
Yes, I said wonderment!
Clearly, Stephen Sondheim will do anything to ensure he has an income in his old age.
He hasn't written anything of note in 20+ years (please - ROAD SHOW/BOUNCE was a total fiasco) and is happy to just allow all his old works to be re-made and re-mounted by anyone who will promise him a royalty.
That explains all those John Doyle actors-as-orchestra revivals and now this remake of a film he wrote the screenplay for originally (but won't offer to write the new screenplay).
When does the GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER revival open on Broadway - Spring 2013, right?
Did anyone actually see Getting Away With Murder? How was it?
Of the suggestions so far, the only ones that seem even remotely on the nose - and they ARE remote - are Jessica Chastain as Lee and Jeff Bridges as Clinton (though he's a little old and she's a little young).
Marion Cotillard - if she really, REALLY worked on her American accent - could also play Lee.
Really, who could top Dyan Cannon? I mean, if they're going to go for replicating Sue Mengers, which Cannon did. Julie White? Holland Taylor? (Neither is fleshy enough, but still ...)
Actually, Eva Mendes in for Raquel works, too.
James Coburn - George Clooney
Raquel - Marion Cotillard
Richard Benjamin - Ralph Fiennes
Dyan Cannon - Julia Roberts
Joan Hackett - Charlotte Gainsbourg
James Mason - Christoph Waltz
Ian McShane - Gerard Butler
James Coburn - Daniel Craig
Raquel - Jessica Alba
Richard Benjamin - Sam Rockwell
Dyan Cannon - Julianne Moore, seriously
Joan Hackett - Emily Blunt
James Mason - Ciaran Hinds
Ian McShane - Ryan Philippe
James Coburn-George Clooney
Raquel Welch-Christina Hendricks
Richard Benjamin-Sam Rockwell
Dyan Cannon-Annette Bening
Joan Hackett-Jessica Chastain
James Mason-Anthony Hopkins
Ian McShane-Stephen Moyer
Remake as "The Last of Kristen"
A year after the sudden mysterious death of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson invites all the suspects to a party - only to discover there are several thousand of them...including every actress and acting coach in Hollywood.
And they ALL want to take credit...
[quote]Really, who could top Dyan Cannon? I mean, if they're going to go for replicating Sue Mengers, which Cannon did. Julie White? Holland Taylor? (Neither is fleshy enough, but still ...)
Cherry Jones could nail it.
There are actually some great casting ideas in r42 and r43.
It could be a fun remake for AMC or HBO or Showtime. Very small cast and just a few locations. I'd certainly watch it.
Does Sondheim ever talk about writing the screenplay in his books? I'm curious what he brought to the story as opposed to Tony Perkins and how they came up with the initial premise. And how he thinks the film turned out.
Ooh, r45 found the perfect Cannon fodder!
So, picking and choosing from the casts above:
James Coburn - Daniel Craig
Richard Benjamin - Sam Rockwell (or Ralph Fiennes)
Joan Hackett - Jessica Chastain (or Marion Cotillard)
Dyan Cannon - Cherry Jones
James Mason - Christoph Waltz
Raquel - Jessica Alba
Ian McShane - Benedict Cumberbatch
Captain - Jean Dujardin (beef up the role)
Sheila (cameo) - Bryce Dallas Howard
Can Cherry Jones do man-hungry?
Hmmm... I don't know, r49. I know she can do "warm, loving hetero relationship," - but didn't she play Maxine Faulk in a revival of Night of the Iguana? She would have had to flex her "man-hungry" chops in that.
Of course, then there is the bikini issue - would she look good in one?
R42 nailed it. I can see that cast -- as long as it's filmed within the next two-to-three months.
As Sheila (the character would be expanded in the remake via flashbacks to give everybody a good motive to off her): Malin Ackerman, as she appeared in WATCHMEN (dark wig, etc); OR Marion Cotillard (Sheila being from Europe would be a plot device).
Naw, Emily Blunt is too young and not the right type to play Lee. I don't buy Ciaran Hinds as James Mason, either, and Phillippe only if they make the character American - because we have proof that he can't handle a Brit accent (Gosford Park).
Why on earth would you need to have Sheila being European for a "plot device"? She's a two-minute bit in the movie.
Dyan Cannon character was supposed to be a Foxy Alpha Bitch with a tight bod. Cherry Jones is an amazing actress but no way would she get cast in that role.
[quote]Why on earth would you need to have Sheila being European for a "plot device"? She's a two-minute bit in the movie.
Evidently, you missed the part of my post where I indicated that the role would be EXPANDED.
Sheila being from Europe could be an effective plot device if used correctly. Clinton cracked that Sheila was born in a whorehouse (not that there aren't brothels in the US), and most of the movie took place on the Mediterranean. Clinton would be just the type to bed and marry Eurotrash with a dubious history. It could work...
I'd cast Amber Heard as the Raquel or Dyan character.
Not a tight bod, r54. Cannon deliberately gained weight for the shoot. She was spilling out of her bikini - to look like the overly-plush Mengers.
this is not "overly plush" if you think Cherry Jones would even be considered in a meeting for a part and costume like this you are smoking the real real good stuff
Even Sue Mengers couldn't have pulled that r58 scene off in 1973.
caftans and earrings personified
r41 here. Bored. I'm revising my casting:
James Coburn - Jude Law
Raquel - Amber Heard
Richard Benjamin - Jake Gyllenhaal
Dyan Cannon - Mila Kunis
Joan Hackett - Reese Witherspoon
James Mason - Christoph Waltz
Ian McShane - Gael García Bernal
Sorry, you were closer the first time, 60. Why on earth would you give a plum role like Lee to a lousy actress like Reese Witherspoon? Same thing with Gyllenhaal as Richard Benjamin, and MIla Kunis - who would be great casting as Alice (Raquel), would be all wrong for Dyan Cannon (but would be great if it takes ten more years to make the movie).
We've already had the lousy actress version of Alice with Welch, it would be nice to see someone who could actually act in the role. Buh-bye, Amber Heard!
[quote]Evidently, you missed the part of my post where I indicated that the role would be EXPANDED.
No, I just thought it was a lousy idea. Sheila wasn't murdered, in cast you forgot - her death was an accident. There's no point to expanding the role via flashbacks because Sheila herself is irrelevant. She wasn't deliberately killed.
Unless you plan to completely rewrite the whole thing, to make it more trite. One of the nice things about the movie is how surprising its twists are. Why Sheila died isn't one of them.
r61 Amber Heard is gorgeous! At least Johnny Depp thinks so.
"This is SHEILA!!!!"
Cherry Jones could play the Diane Cannon part in a once piece because she cut a very fine figure in "Mrs. Warren's Profession" back in 2010. She could do the very role well and the role is about far more than a bathing suit anyway.
Cherry Jones is about as likely to be cast as Mary Martin.
Cherry Jones could perhaps play one of the Greek Sailors. Or one of the Greek Islands. Or the boat.
Remember that the yacht is actually named Sheila, too! So Cherry Jones could play Sheila! Except that Kirstie Alley already has the inside track on the part.
The Dyan Cannon role is vulgar and gaudy much like Mrs. Warren in Mrs. Warren's Profession. Cherry proved conclusively in MWP that she can't do vulgar and gaudy.
I just watched this last night for the first time. The audio on the DVD wasn't the best.
So Benjamin's character really did have an affair with Clinton?
I had no idea Ian McShane was in it. Okay, I'd never heard of him until "Deadwood." But damn, his pants sure were tight.
How was Dyan Cannon so fun in this and so bad in "Death Trap?" Okay, maybe not bad but miscast. She seemed far too robust to have a heart condition.
Jessica Pare as Racquel Welch
Erika Christensen as Dyan
R52, I guess you missed that part in Gosford Park where Philippe's character is revealed to be an American actor researching his role. You know, followed by several characters saying how they knew something was off because his accent was all over the place.
New Line to Remake Murder Mystery 'The Last of Sheila'
New Line is remaking the murder-mystery The Last of Sheila with Beau Flynn and his FPC banner producing.
Beau Flynn, one of the producers of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," is behind the project, based on the cult movie written by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim. It was directed by Herbert Ross.
The 1973 Sheila developed a minor cult following. The puzzle-minded movie is set on a yacht that's cruising the Mediterranean and whose owner, a wealthy Hollywood producer, has invited a group of his friends to join him a year after his wife is killed in a hit-and-run accident. While the guests have been ostensibly invited to take part in a mysterious scavenger hunt - Perkins and Sondheim enjoyed devising such games - the vacation quickly turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse exercise as secrets are revealed.
Warner Bros. produced the original movie, full of in-jokes and starring James Coburn, Raquel Welch, James Mason, a young Ian McShane and Dyan Cannon, spoofing the late superstar agent Sue Mengers. The movie also featured the song "Friends," sung by Bette Midler, over its closing credits.
The remake at one point was in development at New Line’s big sister, Warner Bros., with Joel Silver attached to produce. A search for a writer is under way.
Flynn was one of the producers behind New Line’s monster hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which grossed $325 million worldwide. His upcoming films include the remake of Red Dawn, which Film District opens Nov. 21, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which Paramount releases Jan. 11
Hopefully the remake will make homosexuality look even more shameful and embarrassing than the original did! It won't be easy, but who knows, it's possible.
I thought Lee was going to be the homosexual and Little Child Molester would be a card thrown in so that everyone would admit to their secret quickly so as not to be associated with that one.
Don't forget Greg Kinnear! He was born to play this type of role, and he can do any of them.
I can't imagine Greg Kinnear as Sue Mengers.
This movie is perfect. There is no way anyone could possibly improve upon the original. Fuck off, HOLLYWOOD!
Bette Midler to reprise her role as Sue Mengers!
I wonder what would have to be updated. Sondheim and Perkins should have written more murder mysteries - between this, Deathtrap, and Clue, I can't get enough of it, even if Clue is a parody.
This will never happen.
Why did Ann Prentiss try to have her brother-in-law, Richard Benjamin, killed as well as trying to have her father murdered. Does anybody know?
Christina Hendricks as the Dyan Cannon character.
OP Thank you for starting this thread, I had completely forgotten the cult campy classic.I think that we have some very respectable casting directors here..good choices!
Katherine Heigl as Sue Mengers.
Ari Graynor as Sue Mengers!
Isn't Ari a waif?
Ari Graynor as Katherine Heigl!
I hope they cast Raquel in a cameo, as a homage to the original. It was her best role.
Where can I find it online?
So is the remake in turnaround yet?
Sue Mengers was not a small woman.
Finally saw this--Joan Hackett and Dyan Cannon were great. Raquel was pretty awful, I thought. Some of her line readings were really stilted. Did kind of hate that "homosexual" was a bad secret like "pedophile" and "killer"...
Could be a fun remake. I'm cherry picking from some of these great suggestions, and some of my own.
James Mason--Colin Firth
Richard Benjamin--Mark Ruffalo
Joan Hackett--Jennifer Connelly
Ian McShane--Gerard Butler
Dyan Cannon--Charlize Theron
They could film it on Lake Como during one of Clooney's vacations!
Charlize would have to gain about 30 lbs to play the Mengers role.
[R11] He pings for me, but I may be wrong. He's been married to Paula Prentiss for decades.
[quote] Sondheim and Perkins should have written more murder mysteries
Sondheim actually wrote a mystery play with someone (I think it was George Furth) called GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER. Worst play imaginable. The window card was great, though. And the NY Times ad announcing their closing was legendary.
Why not have Ian McShane play the James Colburn role this time around?
They should do it as a musical this time - and have Jerry Herman write the songs.
I think the James Coburn part should be played by Tony Goldwyn.
I adore this film!
Saw it my first year in NY on the upper East Side. What utter joy not knowing where the plot was going and how it would end. All those wonderful 70s actors!
And then hearing Bette singing "Friends" over the final credits (just as she was breaking out in NY) was extra special fun.
I want to hang out with R115!!!
Only if it involves extended (pun intended) nudity, R114.
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