NBCUniversal cable channel Bravo is set to remake Bob Zemeckis’s 1992 Universal film “Death Becomes Her” as a one-hour TV movie. I am mystified as to why. Zemeckis, whose new deal is at Universal, will exec produce the drama along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine for Universal Cable Prods. and Lupara Prods., who will be looking for a writer, reports Variety.
This feels how-are-the-mighty fallen to me. Does Zemeckis need cash? Is he being nice to his new Universal partners? I don’t get it. Zemeckis is a big-deal A-list director who granted, did lose his lucrative Disney Imageworks deal after the ignominious flop “Mars Needs Moms” ($40 million worldwide). He has been accustomed to working on a far grander scale than $35-million “Flight,” whose star Denzel Washington is in the awards season fray for best actor kudos. Zemeckis earned respect from his peers for making that risky move into live-action drama.
“Death Becomes Her” was a modest hit in its day ($207 million worldwide) with innovative visual effects, starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as two rivals fighting to achieve eternal youth. How does a one-hour TV remake advance the cause for anyone?