Last Christmas, acclaimed writer-director Sofia Coppola gave us the gift of A Very Murray Christmas. Next she’s taking on a project that’s got us scratching our heads.
The Tracking Board set Film Twitter ablaze, announcing Coppola is re-teaming with her Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette leading lady, Kirsten Dunst. Better yet, enchanting ingenue Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman will co-star. But what’s the pic?
In the wake of walking away from Universal’s live-action Little Mermaid, Coppola is set to write and direct a remake of the Clint Eastwood vehicle The Beguiled, a Civil War-set drama about women in conflict. But hang on a sec. It gets weird, centering on a wounded Yankee soldier who stumbles across the “hell” of “man-deprived women” who reside in an all-girls school. Oh the hell!
Check this trailer for an early-morning blood boil:
This is a real movie that really existed that is basically screaming, “Without that D, women be crazy!” No joke, Don Siegel who helmed the 1971 flick said it was about “the basic desire of women to castrate men.”
Anyhow, considering Coppola has won praise for films that treat women as people and not cock-hungry revenge monsters, we have faith she’ll turn this sexist premise on its ear. How, is another question. But it’s a curious thing she’s casting up the female roles first, and no man has yet been rumored for the Eastwood role.
So, assuming this is going to be a feminist revision of an apparently misogynistic film, let’s imagine it’s the start of a miraculous new movie trend. Tell us in comments which sexist movie you’d like to see revamped next. Bonus points awarded for fantasy casting and crewing it up.
Kristy Puchko can’t even sometimes.