Reese Witherspoon to Star in Remake of 1939 Comedy Midnight

May 31, 2007
Source: Variety

Yet again we'll see another remake, the 1939 comedy Midnight is getting redone all over again with Reese Witherspoon in the lead role as Eve Peabody. The good news is that the script is being written by Michael Arndt, the same guy who won an Oscar in February for the Little Miss Sunshine script. It won't be for quite sometime that we'll see it, as Witherspoon has a few other projects she's doing next, but it is coming up down the line.


In the original 1939 movie, which was directed by Mitchell Leisen (Hold Back the Dawn), Claudette Colbert starred as Eve and Don Ameche as the taxi driver Tibor Czerny. The movie follows Eve, a destitute young woman in Paris who becomes a pawn when a wealthy man tries to get rid of the gigolo wooing his wife but begins to be pursued by the taxi driver her originally picked her up.

It sounds like it could be a worthy remake fit for today's standards. If Arndt does a good job with the revamp, which I certainly expect, then this may actually turn out good, with Witherspoon herself building her talent over the last few years.

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