Scribes find ‘Grace’ in revival

'Ultimate' version of Hepburn pic to unspool in Hawaii

Two decades after its initial release, the last film of Katharine Hepburn’s career may finally get the credit some say it deserves.

When “Grace Quigley” first bowed at Cannes in 1984, it was widely panned, and it quickly receded into the backdrop of cinema history.

Another version of the film, cut by the pic’s screenwriter Martin Zweiback and called “The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley,” was heralded by a handful of critics who viewed it at private screenings. Yet that film never reached a wider audience and was also quickly forgotten — until now.

On Oct. 24, “The Ultimate Solution” will be screened at the Hawaii Intl. Film Festival, where Zweiback will introduce the pic and field questions. Scribe is hoping the screening will generate buzz so that his cut of the film will be re-released (“although it was never really released,” he says), or at least released on DVD along with the original.

Two years ago, after Hepburn’s death, Zweiback contacted Chris McGurk, former president of MGM, which acquired the two versions of the film when the studio bought the Cannon Group, which produced “Grace Quigley.” McGurk said then that it might be possible to revive “The Ultimate Solution,” but before there was any movement, MGM was bought by a Sony-led consortium of investors.

Now Zweiback is taking his case to that studio.

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