Classic movie fans were estatic when they heard director Steven Spielberg was trying to bring Gene Wilder out of retirement for an unnamed project expected to be Ready Player One. Now, another equally surprising due is rumored to be collaborating, as iconic actor and director Clint Eastwood attempts to woo Doris Day back to the big screen. Though, at this time, this news has not been confirmed by anyone directly associated with either party.
Doris Day, who is 91-years-old, retired from acting 47 years ago. The Calamity Jane star is reportedly in talks with Clint Eastwood. The two are neighbors in Carmel Valley California. It is believed that the director delivered the golden age actress a script on a recent visit. She is said to be quite delighted with the proposition.
The role that Clint Eastwood wants Doris Day to use in making her comeback has not yet been revealed. It is said that she is currently negotiating to make her return. She has two demands that must be met before she signs on. The film must be shot in Carmel. Also, a cut of the profits must go to her animal welfare charity. It isn't yet known if Clint Eastwood has accepted these terms. It's also not known which studio this movie is being set up at.
Doris Day last appeared on screen in the 1968 romantic comedy With Six You Get Eggroll. This past year, Clint Eastwood had one of the biggest box office hits of his career with American Sniper, which followed the 2014 musical Jersey Boys. He is next set to direct Highest Duty, which follows the plight of hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger, with Tom Hanks set for the title role. Highest Duty could be the movie that Clint Eastwood wants Doris Day to appear in, but that is not confirmed.
Doris Day was known for being both a comedic and dramatic actress, with Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much one of her most beloved movies. She also appeared in a string of popular romantic comedies that included the hits Pillow Talk and Move Over, Darling. She is also known for her singing career, and starred in the long-running hit TV series The Doris Day Show, which premiered in 1968, the year she quite the movies.
In 1967, she turned down the now iconic role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate. She felt the movie was too vulgar, and deemed the script offensive. The role eventually went to Anne Bancroft. Since retiring from show business, she has spent her time devoted to the Doris Day Animal Foundation. It isn't known when news of Doris Day's comeback will be made public, or if she will even accept the role. It is exciting, nonetheless, and we'll be sure to keep you updated as news breaks.