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Jon Peters to Produce A Star Is Born Remake

News/January 2011

   

Peters to Produce, Eastwood to Direct, Beyoncé to Star

Will Jon Peters strike gold once again with A Star Is Born?
   

   
Beyoncé Quits "A Star Is Born"

October 10, 2012
According to NBC News, Beyoncé has decided not to star in director Clint Eastwood's upcoming remake of "A Star Is Born." Reports cite the diva's busy schedule as the reason she pulled out of the production.

Just last year, Beyoncé told Reuters that " ... I realized every 20 to 30 years a new star is born and a new talent represents that generation and era..." She went on to say that her participation in the remake is "the biggest opportunity" of her life.

While Barbra Streisand's 1976 version of "A Star s Born" was a huge hit, the Clint Eastwood remake can now be officially classified as "troubled."


 

Eastwood's "Star Is Born" an Homage to Kurt Cobain

July 25, 2012
The new Clint Eastwood version of "A Star Is Born" will apparently be an homage to Kurt Cobain.

At a press event this past April, screenwriter Will Fetters mentioned that the late rock star's life was the inspiration for his version of the Norman Maine:

"I think I've reinvented the Norman Maine character, the lead ... I wanted to do 'A Star is Born' because I'm a huge Kurt Cobain fan. When he died it was a huge horrible thing ... So I approached 'A Star is Born' if Kurt Cobain never got to go Unplugged and survived and it's 20 years later"

Kurt Cobain, legendary front man and lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana took his own life in 1994.

You can read Will Fetter's complete comments
here.

Jon Peters and Barbra Streisand co-produced their 1976 version of "A Star Is Born." Peters will produce the new reboot as well.

Beyoncé is set to tackle the female lead. Her co-star hasn't been officially announced. As of last October, Tim McGraw seemed to be the front runner. However, current speculation is that Tom Cruise is being courted to play Norman Maine.


 

Tom Cruise as Norman Maine?
 
July 25, 2012  
It's unconfirmed, but it seems that Tom Cruise is the latest entrant in the Norman Maine sweepstakes.

Back in May,
Variety reported that Warner Bros. wanted Cruise to co-star with Beyoncé in the new Clint Eastwood version of "A Star Is Born."

Will this really happen? Cruise's recent musical "Rock of Ages" failed financially at the box office. Cruise's performance as rock star Stacee Jaxx,, however, was fairly well received by critics. So it's anyone's guess.


As of last October, Tim McGraw appeared likely to co-star opposite Beyoncé as Norman Maine.

We'll just have to stay tuned to find out who gets the plum role.


Tom Cruise in "Rock of Ages"


 


 

Tim McGraw the Likely Lead in A Star Is Born

October 3, 2011
Tim McGraw, Grammy winning country star – and Oscar nominee for The Blind Side played it coy on The Today Show this morning (right) when asked if he will star in the remake of A Star Is Born.

McGraw said, "It's certainly something that would be a lot of fun ... I'm a big Beyoncé fan ... I'm a big fan of the second remake with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra St
reisand."

The tone of the interview seems to indicate that McGraw is the front runner for the male lead in the remake. He did admit that he hasn't been officially offered the part yet and didn't want to speculate further saying, "I don't want to jinx myself."

Casting two of the hottest contemporary singers/actors in a musical remake makes sense on so many levels. Stay tuned.


Watch Tim McGraw's Today Show interview here.

 


 

Beyoncé Talks Barbra, Judy & A Star Is Born

July 22, 2011
Beyoncé, who is set to star in the next remake of A Star Is Born recently spoke with Reuters about the opportunity. Specifically mentioning the Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland versions of the film, Beyoncé said, "It's when I became a fan of Barbra Streisand's. And then I saw Judy Garland's version of A Star Is Born and I realized every 20 to 30 years a new star is born and a new talent represents that generation and era..."

Beyoncé goes on to say that her upcoming role in the remake is "the biggest opportunity" of her life.

 



Beyoncé Confirms A Star Is Born


July 1, 2011

Speaking with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America today, Beyoncé took a moment to confirm that she will indeed be starring in an upcoming remake of A Star Is Born directed by Clint Eastwood.

"Clint Eastwood, can you believe that? I can't believe it still. I know when I met with him I was in awe. And I'm so, so honored that he believed in me. I can't wait to do this film. I represent this generation's talent and for me to be the chosen person, as an African American woman, is incredible."

This is the fifth time A Star Is Born will be produced as a big time Hollywood film. The most recent version was in 1976 when Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson shattered box office records with their telling of the classic Hollywood story. Jon Peters, who shared producer credits with Barbra back in '76 will produce the Beyoncé version as well.

The male lead has not been announced, but Leonardo DeCaprio appears to be the current frontrunner according to recent Hollywood scuttlebutt.


A Star Is Born - The Next Generation

January 20, 2011
In a surprising development, it's been announced that Jon Peters will be producing an upcoming remake of A Star Is Born. The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Times and others are reporting that Clint Eastwood will direct a musical remake for Warner Bros. this fall with Beyoncé Knowles in the lead. A male co-star was not mentioned.

Between 1932 and 1976, four versions of the film were made. The 1932 picture called What Price Hollywood starred Constance Bennett and is considered by many to have been the first incarnation of the franchise. Even though the first film was not titled A Star Is Born, accusations of plagiarism and threats of lawsuits hung over the production of Janet Gaynor's A Star Is Born in 1937, the second version of the film to be released.

Judy Garland's A Star Is Born arrived in 1954. By this time, old wounds had healed. George Cukor, the director of What Price Hollywood was at the helm for this, the third telling of A Star Is Born and the first to be produced as a musical.

In 1976, producer Jon Peters conceived a remake of A Star Is Born as a Barbra Streisand musical. Barbra originally turned down the idea. In 2003, she told James Lipton (at The Actors Studio) that she ultimately decided to do it because she needed to deliver a film for her own production company, First Artists.

Barbra and Peters struck pay dirt when their enormously successful version of A Star Is Born shattered box-office records. The picture took home the Golden Globe for Best Musical/Comedy.

So, will this newest version of A Star Is Born be as important and noteworthy as its predecessors? As Barbra once remarked, it's a story that needs a retelling every generation.