Juliette Lewis Stars in Fellini Remake
It seems that the only thing coming out of Hollywood these days are remakes and sequels, with barely any originality at play. But Academy Award winner Juliette Lewis’ latest project may have a little bit of both.
The Days of Mary will be the latest remake of Federico Fellini’s famous 1957 classic, Nights of Cabiria, and will star Lewis who won her own Oscar for her performance in Natural Born Killers.
The film, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1957, followed the heartfelt tale of Maria, a young and pretty prostitute who searched the romantic streets of Rome in search of finding her one true love, without success.
The poignant and tragic Italian film made quite an impression on American audiences; so much so that in 1966, the talented choreographer Bob Fosse adapted the film into a Broadway musical production which met critical acclaim. Fosse then adapted his already adapted play into a film version in 1969, which found success at the Oscars but not in the hearts of the American public.
With that legacy, Meg McGarry and Brad Michael Gilbert have decided to adapt Fellini’s original screenplay into a modern-day version. In this adaptation, Lewis will play a spirited working girl, down on her luck, looking for love in her hometown of Reno, Nevada.
According to The Wrap, Lewis’ participation in the film has been a dream come true for the screenwriters. In a statement Gilbert said, “The story is more relevant than ever — the triumph of a hopeful spirit in the face of a broken world. Juliette was born to play this role. She’ll deliver the most vulnerable, humorous, and heartbreaking performance.”
Gilbert will not only be co-writing the script but will helm the project from the director’s chair under the studio Constellation Entertainment, who bought the script rights from the Fellini estate.