Sofia Coppola is lined up to write and direct a remake of “The Beguiled,” which originally starred Clint Eastwood back in 1971.
Variety reports that frequent Coppola collaborator Kirsten Dunst is in negotiations to star (Dunst previously appeared in Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette”). Elle Fanning, who starred in Coppola’s “Somewhere,” and Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman are currently in talks for the film as well.
Youree Henley (“The Bling Ring,” “Somewhere”) is producing.
The original film follows a young Yankee soldier who becomes badly wounded towards the end of the Civil War and is rescued by a young girl from an all-girl’s boarding school. She takes him back to the school where he charms his way into the hearts of several women in the sexually repressive atmosphere. His actions lead to widespread jealousy and eventually deceit, as the women plot their revenge against him.
The film was a flop at the time, most likely due to poor marketing. Eastwood himself said he believed the movie flopped because his character was “emasculated in the film.” Eastwood’s character was very against type for him, as he had appeared in action and western films prior to doing “The Beguiled.” He would go on to star in “Dirty Harry” right afterwards. Vanity Fair notes that the film was also considered to be anti-war, something that could have hurt its box office performance as well.
Despite the low earnings, the film eventually went on to earn a 91 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a 71 percent from audiences.
A release date for the film has not been announced.