Bravo to Bring Back Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her posterBack in 1992 a little film labeled as a comedy-fantasy-horror came on the scenes titled, DEATH BECOMES HER. But this wasn’t your typical trans-genred film. This one came with a hell of a pedigree. Written by Martin Donovan (who wrote on some of the best TV shows during the “Golden Era” like THAT GIRL, MARY TYLER MOORE, THE ODD COUPLE, and THE JEFFERSONS) and David Koepp (CARLITO’S WAY) and was directed by Robert Zemeckis (BACK TO THE FUTURE I-III, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, USED CARS). Even more impressive is the cast: Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, and Meryl Streep. These actors weren’t ‘up and comers’ but were established A-list celebrities.

DEATH BECOMES HER, simply put, is one of the great dark comedies of the genre. I’m not kidding. If you haven’t seen it before then get your ass out there and see this film. The film pokes fun, in a very dark way, at celebrities’ obsession with looking and staying young and the extents to which they will go to achieve such “immortal beauty.” Willis, Streep, and Hawn have fantastic chemistry together and they all do absolutely fantastic jobs in their roles.

According to Variety, the Bravo network is reviving DEATH BECOMES HER for the small screen:

Twenty years after the theatrical debut of the film, Bravo and the pic’s helmer, Robert Zemeckis, have begun eyeing a smallscreen adaptation.

Zemeckis is on board to exec produce the hourlong drama project along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine, though a writer has yet to be tapped.

The TV version of “Death Becomes Her” will be produced by Universal Cable Prods. and Lupara Prods.

Universal released the film in 1992 and, by airing on Bravo, the cable adaptation will remain in the NBCUniversal family.

“Death Becomes Her” centers on two rival women who both attain eternal youth. It earned $58 million Stateside and $149 million globally.

Here’s the theatrical trailer:

Death Becomes Her 1I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do with this one. There’s a lot of potential to have a really good time with it, but I hope they choose their writer carefully. They need someone (or “ones”) who really get the film and what Zemeckis did in the big screen version.

My fingers are crossed!! Have you seen this film? What’d you think of it?

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6 Responses to Bravo to Bring Back Death Becomes Her

  1. Am I the only one who read “trans-genred” as “trans-gendered” the first time? 😉

  2. I love this film! Recently did a review on it myself and very interested in seeing where they decide to take it and their outlook. Still holds up all this time later and the 3 leads were so fantastic.

    • Couldn’t agree more Natasha!! Loved the film and there’s a few directions this show could take. I just hope they stay true to the themes that were examined/explored in the film!!

  3. Buzz says:

    Loved this film as a kid but not so much as an adult… although I haven’t seen it in a very long time, so it might be worth another look. I too would be very interested to see what they can do with this in a TV adaptation.

    • I think DEATH BECOMES HER held up okay over the years. The f/x are at the beginning of the CGI craze and look a little dated, but the themes of the film are even more relevant today then they were when it was made!!