Sofia Coppola to Write, Direct Remake of Clint Eastwood Drama ‘The Beguiled’

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Sofia Coppola will write and direct a remake of “The Beguiled,” the 1971 drama that starred Clint Eastwood, an individual familiar with the deal told Variety.

Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are in talks to star in the film.

The original film, directed by Don Siegel and based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, followed an injured Yankee soldier (plated by Eastwood) who finds refuge at an all-girls boarding school in the South during the Civil War and cons his way into several lonely women’s hearts.

Youree Henley (“The Bling Ring,” “Somewhere”) is on board to produce.

This would mark a reunion for Coppola and Fanning, who starred in the filmmaker’s drama “Somewhere.” Coppola is also a frequent collaborator with Dunst, who has appeared in a handful of her films, including “Marie Antoinette.”

Coppola is represented as a screenwriter by ICM Partners. Fanning is repped by WME and Echo Lake Entertainment, Kidman by CAA and Geyer Kosinski’s Media Talent Group, and Dunst by UTA and Management 360.

The new was first reported by The Tracking Board.

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  1. David says:

    So will Collin do Dirty Harry next? Jack Black could play the psycho since we are on a pro large people rant these days

  2. Cindy bryden says:

    It will be great with Collin Farrell and Nichole Kidman! Can’t wait to see those two together on screen!

  3. Hollywood has been doing remakes since the silent era. The only thing that matters is that this is a good remake . . . like “3:10 TO YUMA” or “TRUE GRIT”.

    Will the remake be set in Mississippi 1863, like the 1971 movie, or will it be set in Virginia 1864, like the 1966 novel? Will Farrell’s John McBurney be American-born, like Eastwood’s McBurney, or will he be an Irish immigrant, as in the novel?

  4. Charles Nuttree says:

    Running out of ideas? There’s always a remake ’round the corner waiting for you

  5. neemsemmi says:

    Another remake! HURRAY!

  6. Todd Handelsman says:

    I’m pretty sure he’s actually a Yankee soldier who is on enemy ground in the South when taken in by the all-girls school. It is a great film.

  7. DRAVES says:

    Bad idea! The original is a classic! Coppola is a skilled director but terrible screenwriter! Awful!

  8. This is amazing news. Now I can’t wait to see it. Let’s hope Nicole still will be attached to the role by the time when the filming begins.

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