The first time I ever remember crying at a movie was around 1990. I was at home alone one day, and “Beaches” came on HBO. I inexplicably got sucked in, and by the end of it, my 13-year-old self was full-on sobbing my goddamn brains out. I can’t tell you exactly what it felt like, but it felt a lot like shame. I didn’t want to be weeping. I felt manipulated, although at the time, I didn’t really understand what that feeling was. But seeing little Blossom (Mayim Bialik) inconsolable sent me over the edge. I haven’t seen “Beaches,” since, but I have grown to hate it over time. Because I began to understand how cruel and manipulative that film was. It’s one thing to end a movie with a person’s death; it’s quite another to kill someone off and then force us through another half hour of grief and agony, especially when it involves a little girl. (I also suspect it was a very bad movie to begin with, not something my barely teenage brain was likely to comprehend).
Anyway, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, according to Pajiba’s official industry insider, The Hollywood Cog a remake of Beaches is under consideration by Walt Disney Films. It doesn’t necessarily mean it will be remade, but producer LouAnne Brickhouse (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, College Road Trip) with David Manpearl (Stay Alive) and Mandeville films are trying to finance the remake. No one has yet been approached to fill Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler’s original roles, but Jennifer Hudson and Katherine Heigl are being eyed as the ideal candidates.
The good news, especially for frustrated “Grey’s Anatomy” fans is that, someday in the not-too-distant future, you may actually get a chance to see Katherine Heigl bite it.
For the unfamiliar, Beaches was a 1988 film based on an Ira Rainer novel about a New York child performer CC Bloom and San Fransisco rich kid Hillary, who meet in a holiday resort in Atlantic City, it marks the start of a lifetime friendship between them. The two keep in touch through letters for a number of years until Hillary, now a successful lawyer moves to New York to stay with struggling singer CC. The movie shows the various stages of their friendship and their romances including their love for the same man.