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Hell Has Frozen Over: Hollywood Is Doing A Remake of “The Rose”


Variety
Cynthia Erivo to Produce and Star in ‘The Rose’ Remake for Searchlight
By Angelique Jackson
June 20, 2021


Two Beautiful Ladies: Cynthia Erivo & Bette Midler
Two Beautiful Ladies: Cynthia Erivo & Bette Midler
But In My Eyes, There Is Only One “The Rose”

Mister D: As if I wouldn’t say anything…I am so torn on this, in fact, a little stunned. I really didn’t think anyone would touch this movie. I know Ms. Cynthia Erivo is a small but powerful ball of talent, and she picked this movie to remake, which leads me to believe she has great taste and huge cajones to take this role on. I’m told she wrote a beautiful letter to Bette about what she was doing. I’m not sure if it was before or after the announcement. I saw Bette’s tweet about it saying ISN’T THIS GREAT? Everybody said Bette was happy about it because of those 3 words, but I am one of those rare personality types, and I picked up different vibes. I’m not saying I’m right, only that I could interpret that in other ways. What else confused me is that it’s supposedly an homage to The Rose which is cool, but it’s going to put a modern spin on the remake, so will Erivo be a rock star, an R & B star, pop star, etc. Plus the original was loosely based on Janis Joplin but was really an amalgam of several female and male rock stars. So, I’m just not even able to think coherently about it.

And the remake seems to be at the awkward stage we’ve all come to know waiting on Midler movies that never materialized. There doesn’t appear to be a script or much of anything else listed. Good that Searchlight is behind it. But at this point, I wouldn’t bet too much on it getting made, just looking at how slow the process is in Hollywood. Cynthia was the performer and writer of the song “Fly Before You Fall” a song in the 2014 movie, Beyond The Lights, which got great reviews and several critics said it was an homage to “The Rose” I had always meant to post about that movie, but just forgot. You can find it a lot on streaming services, so check it out. I will be keeping my eye on this one because I’m very curious as to where they’re going to take this movie.


Bette Midler in The Rose
Bette Midler in The Rose


Cynthia Erivo has set up a remake of the Bette Midler-starring film “The Rose,” signing on to produce and star in the new movie for Searchlight. The Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winner and two-time Oscar nominee will take on the title role in the musical romantic drama, which follows a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of those who surround her. But while the new production will pay homage to the classic film, Erivo’s take on the story is said to “put a contemporary lens on the high price of fame.”

Erivo will produce the project with Solome Williams under her newly launched production banner Edith’s Daughter. Williams serves as vice president of development at the label, which has a first-look deal with MRC Television and Civic Center Media.

Richard Ruiz, Searchlight’s director of development, and creative executive Cornelia Burleigh will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. The film’s writer and director are yet to be announced.

The original film — directed by Mark Rydell and starring Midler, Frederic Forrest and the late Alan Bates and Harry Dean Stanton — is loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin and considered by many to be the quintessential film about fame and addiction. The 20th Century Fox movie went on to earn four Oscar nominations, including a best supporting actor nod for Forrest and a best actress nod for Midler, the legendary entertainer’s first.

The new movie is not the only remake on Erivo’s upcoming slate — the actor recently wrapped production on Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio,” where she plays the Blue Fairy. The performer most recently starred as Aretha Franklin in Nat Geo’s limited series “Genius: Aretha.” Later this year, Erivo will release her debut album “Ch. 1 Vs. 1” as well as her first children’s book, titled “Remember to Dream, Ebere.”

Erivo earned her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in 2019’s “Harriet,” while simultaneously earning a nod in the best original song category for the powerful ballad, “Stand Up” (shared with Joshua Brian Campbell). The celebrated stage actor’s Grammy, Emmy, and Tony wins came as a result of her powerhouse performance in the leading role of Celie in the musical version of “The Color Purple.”

Erivo is repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, ID, and Peikoff Mahan.

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4 thoughts on “Hell Has Frozen Over: Hollywood Is Doing A Remake of “The Rose”

  1. Is this akin to Barbra Streisand’s Esther Hoffman Howard to Judy Garland’s Esther Blodgett? Time will tell…as you so aptly have noted. Whether it happens or not, nothing will ever come close to Bette’s singular tour de force — except, of course, Judy Garland’s in “A Star Is Born.” I spent a long time as a film critic and film writer and for years when people ask me what I consider the greatest female performance I answer without hesitation, “Bette Midler in ‘The Rose.'” I don’t expect that will change.

    1. Thank you so much for writing in to tell me that and I do respect you as a film critic. I always wanted to do something like you, but I dont really understand why I like something I just know its good, great, bad, horrible. And I know people woukd say I was just prejudiced saying I truly believed that Beffe in The Rose was the most thrilling thing I had ever seen. I remember Pauline Kael on Tom Snyder saying hands down that Bette should win for Best Actress. She said I have not heard lines delivered like that in 50 years, Well thats a big chunk of movie performances since this interview was done in 79. She said if she loses shed lose all respect for the Academy. Thats when I started reading about the industry and the politics involved, sentimentality and how well you played the game of networking. I can also tell you times I was disappointed in performances but I rationalized some things, but in truth it wasn’t her performances, it was usually the story or the movie was just bad. All in all, I will never forgive Hollywood not being smart enough to get her great scripts and great directors after The Rose. But im glad she was able to do whatever she did to still establish her as one of the most bankable stars of our time. It was great how she kept relevant for 5 decades whether jumping from movies to concerts to hit albums and songs to TV performances to writing and philanthropy. And the movies she’s made i keep hearing about all these Betfe movies being turned into Broadway musicals. More than any other star I know of. I hope this is readable but you got me excitable lol

      1. “THE ROSE” is the best movie I’ve ever seen. I first saw it at seven years old at a drive-in and it was the beginning of my lifelong obsession with Bette Midler. I went to every Midler film ever released because of its effect on me…but they just never lived up to her film debut. (“DOWN AND OUT” was pretty good.) I don’t believe s remake of ‘THE ROSE’ will even compare to the original rock masterpiece. Now a DVD with any deleted scenes from the otiginal would be amazing.

        1. Yeah, I remained angry at Hollywood for just dropping the ball on her after “The Rose” After seeing that movie countless times I thought she’d get a slew of grade-A scripts, so she ended up grabbing what she could, And I was happy Disney put her on top for a while, but even she expressed her dismay as not being taken seriously, especially almost never given a romantic lead or being a romantic lead. I remember that board meeting was rough to hear about.

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