Wow, 1939 is a popular year for remakes. First came news of Reese Witherspoon appearing in the remake of 1939's Midnight. Now, Variety informs us that Diane English has finally set a start date for her remake of the 1939 film The Women.
The film revolves around a group of close female friends. Relationships start to self-destruct when they learn the one they envied most in their group has a cheating husband.
English has been trying to put the film together for more than ten years. She has finally managed to round up a bevy of topline actresses for her stellar cast. Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Candice Bergen are all set to star in the drama.
There have been numerous attempts to remake the film in the past. It was last set up at New Line with the intentions of pairing Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts together. James L. Brooks was set to direct, but that deal fell through.
English signed on to direct the film way back in 2001, almost six years ago. A lot of insiders felt that the film was just too hard to remake. English saw many actresses come and go, but never gave up on the project. The script she is currently working from stays pretty true to the original.
The film begins shooting on August 6th, 2007. We can look for it early next year.