The 1962 gruesome cult movie “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” is in the works for a remake directed, for some reason, by Walter Hill. Hill is best known for his macho action movies and westerns. Evidently he wants a change of pace. As you may recall “Baby Jane” is about two sisters fallen on hard times. Jane, played by Bette Davis, was a former child star, and Blanche, played by Joan Crawford, was a former movie queen. Jane had degenerated into a slatternly alcoholic who dressed like a ten year old, and Blanche was helpless in a wheelchair from an auto accident. They were forced to live together in a decaying Hollywood mansion in Hancock Park. So let’s throw out some casting ideas!! Of course, Faye Dunaway is everybody’s first choice for Blanche, but if she says no – how about Jessica Lange or Charlotte Rampling? (Actually Faye could play either role.) As for Jane, we could imagine Kathy Bates or Kirstie Alley in the part. Any suggestions out there?

Posted by Janet on July 11, 2012

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  1. By phyllis weiss
    On July 11, 2012 at


  2. By palermo
    On July 11, 2012 at

    My suggestion is to not do a remake, they can never live up to the original which was fantastic

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  4. By Harvey
    On July 11, 2012 at

    I agree with palermo

  5. By Edward Lozzi
    On July 11, 2012 at

    Let’s start a petition to convince the studios or production company that this turkey won’t make it to Thanksgiving. Leave it alone!
    Edward Lozzi

  6. By holy hell
    On July 11, 2012 at

    i have more than a few hilarious ideas for male casting…….

  7. By Strom
    On July 12, 2012 at

    It will be difficult…both were make dykes so casting should start with that in mind. Wait a few years and put Lindsay L. in one part. Maybe Hillary Clinton could be cast as the other one after her current job is over.

  8. By Walt Cliff
    On July 12, 2012 at

    I agree with Harvey (who agrees with palermo) ! lol :)


    @holy hell

    Great idea!

  9. By Walt Cliff
    On July 12, 2012 at

    @Edward Lozzi
    I’d sign it!

  10. By Shelby
    On July 12, 2012 at

    I don’t know of anyone in Hollywood today who can touch Bette Davis. She was an original, and there ain’t any copies. I agree with other posters here; leave it alone.

  11. By mish mash
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Why? Are there no original ideas in that town? Haven’t they learned with all the remake flops that have been churned out? Can Hush Hush Sweet Charolette be next? Stop.

  12. By lippp
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Katie Holmes as Blanche and Tom Cruise as Jane. Blockbuster before it gets filmed.

  13. By Strom
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Both have mean ‘brows that were between many women’s legs. Read about the story of Bette and Joan:

  14. By brownH0rnet
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Definitely Faye as Blanche…Jessica Lange would KILL the Jane part

  15. By bob_cadaver
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Madonna for the Baby Jane part, she already is halfway there with the makeup and looks, for Godssakes.Oh ok, and mentally she’s there, too. So yeah, Madonna’s got a lock on it.

  16. By honoria
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phiiips
    Cidny Williams and Penny Marshall
    The Olson Twins?

  17. By Daniel Troppy
    On July 12, 2012 at

    I can’t stand it when Hollywood feels the need to remake classic movies…. Are they really that at a loss for creative scripts? I think I’ll pass on seeing this re make because I’m perfectly satisfied with the original which stands the test of time….

  18. By libby
    On July 12, 2012 at

    it has already been remade once with vanessa and lynn redgrave in 1991, why remake again??

  19. By Christine India
    On July 12, 2012 at

    The GollyWeird fools should leave this one alone, this is a masterpiece that shouldn’t be tampered with. What’s next, a remake of Gone With the Wind?

    The last movie I saw with Bette Davis was “Burnt Offerings”, great acting and a very scary unusual movie.

  20. By Sari
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Meryl Streep? But, Palermo has the definitive answer.

  21. By chris
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Madonna would be the perfect Baby Jane if she didn’t have to act.

  22. By yoyo
    On July 12, 2012 at

    I agree with everyone who agrees that Hollywood should stop messing with remakes of classics. If they’re running out of ideas, it’s time to unplug it, pack it up & go home.

  23. By Rowaenthe
    On July 12, 2012 at

    *sigh* No one’s gonna even go near Dunaway with a ten foot pole and lubricant. You know it and I know it. Lang is too unreliable, and Rampling isn’t bankable enough. Are you just making crap up to pass the time and fill column inches? Because it sure ain’t any form of reporting — it barely passes for fluff.

  24. By Colin
    On July 12, 2012 at

    Madonna and Courtney Love.

    Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie.

    Joan Collins and Linda Evans (the straight to DVD version).

    Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills (the straight to TV version).

  25. By Colin
    On July 12, 2012 at

    If you want a laugh, UK comedians already remade it:

  26. By Nicole
    On July 13, 2012 at

    Nancy Pelosi and Hilary Clinton, but nancy made too much money funneling govt funds to her district and her husband.. may not be interested.

  27. By Strom
    On July 13, 2012 at

    Hillary looks more like Bette but Joan was a certified lesbo who bedded Marilyn Monroe so Hillary would fill her “shoes” much better.

    Real beetle brows on them both!

  28. By Strom
    On July 13, 2012 at

  29. By Woody McBreairty
    On July 13, 2012 at

    Rewrite the script & characters as males & cast Alec Baldwin (Blanche) & Brad Pitt (Baby Jane)

  30. By imgeorgewill3
    On July 13, 2012 at

    It COULD be done but it would need the touch of someone who actually cared about the original. Faye Dunaway blames her portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest as the reason for her derailed career so it’s highly doubtful she would even consider playing a role Crawford (or even Davis) played originally. But I agree with Janet that she would really be an excellent choice for either of the roles. She is known for being slightly eccentric so who knows? She may be desperate to take on one of the roles, IF they were offered to her. She is also known to be very difficult to work with so maybe no one in town will touch her. Whatever happened to her dream project about Maria Callas? Diane Baker as Blanche would work; Joan Collins would rock too! It’s a shame Elizabeth Taylor is gone because she could have done Blanche too.

  31. By forrest gump
    On July 14, 2012 at

    she went in the prostitute business, folks!!

  32. By Sue Mernick
    On July 14, 2012 at

    I think I would play a perfect Baby Jane Hudson! Why not give an unknown a chance. :)

  33. By Strom
    On July 14, 2012 at

    OK Hillary C. would love to get ahold of some fresh pickings!

  34. By Denise
    On July 14, 2012 at

    I’m late to this discussion, but as palermo first said, why remake a classic? And frankly, I don’t think the story, which was fairly simple albeit a psychological thriller, would sell in this movie market. That is of course, unless the script were updated to include young scantily clad actresses, sex, blood/gore, sex and a few explosions. Oh, and sex.

  35. By gogo
    On July 23, 2012 at

    We should have 2 versions (like Sleeping Beauty did)!

    1st Version (seriously GOOD movie):
    Faye Dunaway or Meryl Streep
    Shirley MacClain (spelling?)

    2nd Version (seriously SILLY movie):
    Lady Gaga as Baby
    with Madonna
    I’m surprised I haven’t seen this suggestion yet! ;-)


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