Walter Hill has signed on to write and direct a remake of the 1962 drama Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?. Directed by Robert Aldrich, the original centered on two sisters and former actresses (played by Bette Davis and Joan Crawford) who live in isolation in a Hollywood mansion. Their divergent career arcs led to a terribly unhealthy relationship. According to Variety, the Aldrich Co. will be a partner on the production.
Hill is making a comeback after the decade that has passed since his last feature, 2002’s Undisputed. His next movie, the Sylvester Stallone actioner Bullet to the Head, opens on February 1, 2013. Hit the jump for the trailer and synopsis for the 1962 Baby Jane.
As a child, “Baby Jane” Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister, Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then, one night in the early ’30s, came the accident, which crippled Blanche for life and which was blamed on a drunken, jealous Jane. Flash-forward to 1962: Jane (Bette Davis), decked out in garish chalk-white makeup, still lives with the invalid Blanche (Joan Crawford) in their decaying L.A. mansion. When Jane isn’t tormenting the helpless Blanche by serving her dead rats for breakfast, she is plotting and planning her showbiz comeback. Convinced that her days are numbered if she remains in the house with her addlepated sister, Blanche desperately tries to get away, but all avenues of escape are cut off by the deranged Jane. [Fandango]