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Clint Eastwood Set to Direct Beyoncé in Remake of 'A Star is Born'

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January 20, 2011
Source: Deadline

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It's been a while since we had an update on the development of the remake of the 1954 musical A Star is Born (which itself was a remake of the 1937 film of the same name). We'd previously heard that Gerard Butler might be up for the lead male role to star opposite chart-topping singer turned actress Beyoncé after rumors of Russell Crowe's involvement seemed to be false. Now we have big news for the gestating musical though as Deadline reports Clint Eastwood will not only produce the project for Warner Bros., but he will also direct the film from a script by Will Fetters (Remember Me). But what's going on with the male lead?

Well apparently one hasn't been found yet, but WB has been trying to get Will Smith involved for awhile. Deadline likes the sound of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs stepping up to lead the film (he's had some decent dramatic roles in films like Monster's Ball), but just thinking about a Clint Eastwood movie with P. Diddy and or even someone like Jon Hamm. Personally, I'd like to see somebody like Alan Cumming or Neil Patrick Harris step up for a musical like this. It sounds like the studio is trying to go for a more traditional leading man though.

As for Eastwood directing a musical, it's not as if he doesn't have experience in the music department. The actor turned director has also been scoring his own films including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, The Changeling and Gran Torino (though he worked on the score with his son Kyle and jazz musician Jamie Cullum). If Eastwood brings Cullum in to work on A Star is Born, then I will immediately be excited for this project. His renditions of Singin' in the Rain and original songs have been part of my favorite music collection for awhile. Stay tuned as this wholly intriguing project develops. What do you think?

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  • John Doe
    Mm... interesting.
  • Capt. Obvious
    Clint Eastwood Set to Direct Beyoncé in Remake of 'A Star is Born' ... WTF?
    • Anonymous
      agreed - clint is like a god to me, but this is one time i'm against something he's involved in - first hathaway is in batman and now this - it's been a pretty crappy day for movie news.
      • Fdryh
        come on, have a little faith in Nolan, he knows what he's doing. I think his track record proves this already
        • voodoo2
          Katies Holmes, Maggie Gyllenhaal??
  • Anonymous
    I have complete and total faith in this. Mostly for the Clint part.
  • Sparky10
    He's too old for this shit.
  • Film Fan
    Fucking hell, are you kidding me? I'm still reeling from the idea of Willow Smith playing "Annie". Baby steps Hollywood, baby steps. I have no problem with Beyonce in a role like this. But what the hell is Clint Eastwood's name attached to this project? In any capacity. It just blows my mind. And enough about Anne Hathaway in "Batman". There is NOTHING wrong with that decision.
  • plnstgfx
    I remember the '76 movie with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. My be good to see an updated version.
  • Blue Silver
    Beyonce?? Eastwood directing?? I just simply do not get it!!! This sounds like an EPIC FAIL in the making! Eastwood is 10X better than this!!!!!!
  • Hattori Hanzo
    There's just something a little 'eeeeewwwww!' about Dirty Harry being mentioned in the same article with Beyonce and A Star is Born.
  • voodoo2
    You forgot to mention the 3D. Every goddamn movie has to be 3D, right?
  • Toony
    Elvis was originally tipped to play next to Streisand! Don't think Eastwood will be able to find stars with the same charisma as them!
  • Anon Ymus
    ---'Star Is Born' is the stalest of retreads, and always given to stars on the way out (Gaynor, Garland, Streisand). Beyonce's way toooo young for this. Meanwhile, Eastwood, having fronted for a string of Globalist-think, RED China 'eugenics friendly' pictures (Million Dollar Baby, IWO trilogy etc. etc.) ---AND even baulked the profoundly important and relevant 60th Anniversary of the KOREAN WAR last year. With 'Star' he goes from on board sellout to just plain old routine and clueless.

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