When Glenn Close lost the Oscar for Best Actress on Sunday, it seemed like hope was lost for an Academy Award to enter her home. However, those worries seemed to have already dashed with an impending project. That’s because a film adaptation of the “Sunset Boulevard” musical is finally moving forward. An adaptation has been in the works for a while. As it turns out, Norma Desmond is once again ready for her closeup.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film finally has a director. Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford will be at the helm and make his feature film debut. His previous credits include the choreography on musicals such as “The Wedding Singer” and “Evita.” In addition, he served as the choreographer on various Academy Award ceremonies.
The musical is based on the 1950 black-and-white classic. The classic story involves Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a fading movie star hoping to make a comeback. Meanwhile, she takes a struggling screenwriter named Joe Gillis (William Holden) under her wing. Their bond leads to a romance that ends in tragedy. It’s an age-old Hollywood story that won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Glenn Close has previously played Norma Desmond in the Broadway musical. In addition, she won a third Tony Award for her portrayal back in 1995. Playing this role should be a walk in the park for the veteran performer. The film is set to start production in the fall. As a result, it won’t qualify for the upcoming awards race and will hope for a bow sometime in 2020.
The new film will be written by Tom MacRae who penned a few episodes of “Doctor Who.” The film is set to be distributed by Paramount Pictures.