Back 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:
I’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?