Paul Rudnick, who wrote the hit Off-Broadway comedies Jeffrey and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, has scripted the remake of "The Stepford Wives," the 1975 film based on Ira Levin's classic novel. Variety reports that Nicole Kidman is currently in negotiations to star in the feature film.
Frank Oz will direct the remake of the thriller, which concerns a group of men in the fictional town of Stepford who transform their wives into doting robots. The new version — produced by Scott Rudin and Donald DeLine — will be more of a black comedy than a straight thriller, and Kidman will take on the role originated by actress Katharine Ross. The industry paper also reports that the new version will "feature special effects involving the femme transformations."
Nicole Kidman, who received an Academy Award nomination last season for her role in "Moulin Rouge," made her Broadway debut in The Blue Room. Kidman's other screen credits include lead roles in "The Others," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Malice," "Far and Away," "Dead Calm" and "Days of Thunder."
In addition to his Off-Broadway plays, Paul Rudnick has scripted several Hollywood films. Some of these movies include the screen adaptation of "Jeffrey" as well as "Addams Family Values," "In & Out" and "Isn't She Great?" Rudnick's latest comedy, Valhalla, will be workshopped later this month at New York Theatre Workshop.
Directed by Bryan Forbes, the 1975 film "The Stepford Wives" starred Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman, Tina Louise, Carol Eve Rossen, William Prince, Carole Mallory, Toni Reid, Judith Baldwin, Barbara Rucker, George Coe, Franklin Cover, Robert Fields and Michael Higgins. Ross won the 1976 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films' Best Actress Award. The 1980 TV sequel, "Revenge of the Stepford Wives," featured Arthur Hill, Don Johnson, Sharon Gless, Julie Kavner, Mason Adams and Audra Lindley. —By Andrew Gans