Oscar Winner Tilda Swinton Developing "Auntie Mame" Film Remake

News   Oscar Winner Tilda Swinton Developing "Auntie Mame" Film Remake
Before "Mama" Rose took her turn on Broadway, there was Auntie Mame. Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton is hoping to take on the iconic New York eccentric in a new film, according to the New York Times.

Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton

In recent years Swinton earned acclaim for her intense performances in the Italian film "I Am Love (Il Sono L'Amore)" and this season with "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Swinton and "I Am Love" director Luca Guadagnino are in the early stages of planning a remake of "Auntie Mame," in which she would take on the leading role of Mame Dennis. Rosalind Russell famously created the role on stage in 1956 and repeated her work (with several members of the original Broadway cast) in the Academy Award-nominated 1958 film.

Based on the 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis, "Auntie Mame" was swiftly adapted for Broadway by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee in 1956. Morton Da Costa directed both the stage and film of the property. The latter had an adapted screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Jerry Herman turned the play into the 1966 Tony-nominated musical Mame, which starred Angela Lansbury. A 1974 film of the musical was released with Lucille Ball as Mame.

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