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