Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches’ Remake for Lifetime

Lifetime is remaking beloved ’80s tearjerker “Beaches” with Idina Menzel set to star, Variety has confirmed.

The remake follows the serendipitous meeting of two youngsters on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives CC her first big shot. Hillary (who has yet to be cast) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship — even with its ups and downs — sustains them for decades.

The movie will feature new versions of the classic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” and include several other songs recorded specifically for the movie. Production on the telepic is set to begin on August 15 in Vancouver. Bette Midler originated the role of CC in the 1998 film, opposite Barbara Hershey as Hillary. The original film was directed by Garry Marshall, who died on July 19 at age 81. Midler called the director “my wonderful, hilarious, big-hearted friend” in a heartfelt Twitter remembrance.

The new iteration of “Beaches” is executive produced by Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. Allison Anders directs from a script by Bart Barker and Nikole Beckwith. The movie is produced by A+E Studios and will premiere on Lifetime in 2017.

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