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Juliette Lewis Joins 'Nights of Cabiria' Remake Without Lee Daniels

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May 8, 2012
Source: THR

Juliette Lewis / Nights of Cabiria

Back in December of 2010, I was quite disgusted at the prospect of Precious director Lee Daniels taking on a remake of Federico Fellini's classic film Nights of Cabiria, the Italian 1957 film which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Thankfully, since Daniels has been busy with The Paperboy, and soon The Butler, and there hasn't been any word on development of the proposed remake over the past year and a half. But THR says, a different remake of the classic film is apparently in the works, and it's in much worse hands than the Best Director nominated filmmaker, and Juliette Lewis is slated to star in the film. Read on!

Titled The Days of Mary, the film will be contemporary re-imagining of the original film which followed Fellini's wife Giulietta Masina as a wide-eyed, naive prostitute walking the streets of Rome as she looks for true love, but consistently finds heartbreak. Chock full of silly humor contrasted with stark tragedy, the film was a must-see for any film connoisseur or student of cinema. Now this time the story will be moved to Reno, Nevada and it will likely lose any of the greatness that Fellini brought to the table decades ago.

Somehow, I'm not nearly as mad about this remake as it sounds like it will be absolutely dreadful with Brad Michael Gilbert, the producer behind The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond and the wretched After.Life, making his feature directorial debut. With Daniels there was at least the potential for a decent new story even if the idea of remaking any of Fellini's classic work infuriates me, but The Days of Mary just sounds like a straight-to-DVD flick, especially since Juliette Lewis doesn't seem to be good in anything lately aside from small cameos in Todd Phillips' R-rated comedies like Old School and Due Date. Thoughts?

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  • jah p
    Ethan, I gotta ask, what were you most disgusted about, Lee Daniels remaking this or it being remade altogether?
    • More that it was being remade at all, but also because I don't find Daniels to be all that inspiring of a filmmaker.
      • Cracky
        Well, a remake is being made. So I ask you (because I'm curious), of all possible directors, which would be your top pick to take the helm? 
        • If I'm being forced to choose, I think the best option right now would be The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius or Michel Gondry.
          • jah p
            Okay, those guys are some solid directors, I"d even throw in the guy that directed "Prophet", and to add I'm not at all too thrilled of this being remade either...
          • Cracky
            That might be a dark choice, lol. But for my money, Mr. Hazanavicius would be satisfying. But still, Juliette Lewis? Bad move. But hey, wouldn't be the first time I've said that and was wrong.
          • I think there is a cultural problem, I would only believe a remake made by Italians (if it was absolutely necessary to remake the film, which it's absolutely not), though there aren't many auteurs left these days..
  • Vincemancini3
    NOOOOOO!
  • norm
    Ha - seriously thought that was Steven Tyler in the pic.  Anyway, yeah - really horrible idea to remake that classic.
  • happy camper
    well this is one film i will never see
  • David Banner
    Once cool, now brainwashed
  • ned rifle
    this is the worst news of 2012 !
  • You have no idea how much this pisses me off! WOW!!! I'm not always angry when they remake movies, but THIS.. This is just beyond words.
  • Yahoo
    Jesus, why are they remaking this?
  • What if ….
    Just so you know your facts, this film was remade once as a Broadway musical and then as a film and it wasn't that bad - Sweet Charity.  So consider  all the facts before you snap judge.  Yes, it might be terrible, but maybe not.
    • Except-Shirley McClain DID have the right touch of waifness to play the part. I DID NOT however, really enjoy all the singing and dancing every 3 minutes. I know musicals are all about the numbers but it was distracting to watch and then the characters returned back to straight acting after.
  • window
    I know Brad Gilbert. This is horrifying. First tennessee williams...now fellini. No way.
  • Ugh! She is NO Giulietta Masina! Her best 'work' is many years behind her, when she played those 'confused little girl' roles in "Cape Fear", "Kalifornia" and the like. She never seemed to me to have much talent, playing the same ditzy parts. 'Cabiria' requires HEART and I don't think Lewis has the range to play her role. H'wood always remakes films to destroy them-it's disgusting. Why don't they continue on their established path of remaking old American 60's & 70's movies and TV shows NO ONE cares about? This movie won't be very appealing to their current target audience anyway. Please leave classics like this alone!

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