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Geena Davis Trashes the Idea of a 'Thelma & Louise' Remake

By Emma Chance | Celebrity | June 18, 2024 |

By Emma Chance | Celebrity | June 18, 2024 |


Geena Davis is the founder and chair of last weekend’s Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas, where she spoke about the legacy of Thelma & Louise, “insisting that remake-happy Hollywood had better keep its hands off” of it.

“Well, it must never be remade,” she told IndieWire. “I mean, it’s 30-something years later, and it holds up more than others. I’m not saying this because I’m in it, but it really holds up. And there’s no need to revisit it. What would be the point? In my opinion.”

Davis has a history of being anti-remake, once saying that she wasn’t in the Beetlejuice remake because “Ghosts don’t age.”

She also spoke about Thelma & Louise’s feminist legacy, calling it a “point of pride” that it was directed by a man, Ridley Scott.

“That’s why I always say a man directed Thelma & Louise—I mean, not to promote men, but to say that women can direct anything, men can direct anything. You just have to have your heart in it. Ridley is actually quite a feminist, and almost all women run his company and work with his company. He loves and reveres women.”

Part of the reason she thinks the film still holds up is due to Scott’s vision of an intimate story happening on the grand scale of the Southwestern desert.

“He gave it a scale and a vista that really elevated it. It was very, very important, and we’re really grateful,” she said.

Last year, there were rumors of a musical rendition starring Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood, but there’s been no news of it since. Susan Sarandon said, “I think that’s fabulous,” and “I hope they have as much fun and enjoy each other and love each other as much as Geena and I did” at the time.

I’m in the Davis camp: enough with the remakes!