drew barrymore to star as little edie in the film adaptation of “grey gardens”

It looks like the Grey Gardens wave may not have crested with the production of the musical last week in New York. According to today’s Variety, a film inspired by the 1976 documentary is set to go into production this summer. (Thanks for the tip, Chucka.) Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange are set to star as Little Edie and Big Edie Bouvier Beal. I can’t see Jessica Lange as Big Edie, but I think the casting of Barrymore in the role of her daughter is inspired. (Lange’s great in everything, but I think I would have gone with Farrah Fawcett.) The film will apparently cover the relationship between the two women as it develops over the course of 40 years. (And Jackie O, the cousin of Big Edie, will be a character in it.)

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  1. chris
    Posted February 22, 2006 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    The mere memory of watching that movie about a decade ago makes me shudder. But with Barrymore does this mean its going to be a comedy? Like ha-ha comedy?

  2. chris
    Posted February 22, 2006 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey Marjk, this is just an aside but, I just dropped in on two blogs linked to your site that I go to every blue moon and they were lousy with advertising. Some of the pop-up variety. As a result I do not thimk I will ever go back to them, it was disturbing like a 2 dimensional cheesy Tokyo. One even had a Bon Jovi add of some sort!

    I know I have said you should cash in in the past but now I have so much respect for you that you haven’t. When you write your witty rejoinder can you tell me how long it took before you came up with it?

  3. mark
    Posted February 22, 2006 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    You don’t need to advertise Bon Jovi. The shit sells itself. It’s primal. People need Bon Jovi. It’s like breathing.

  4. mark
    Posted February 22, 2006 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know that what I just wrote qualifies as a witty rejoinder, but it took about 100 seconds.

  5. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted February 23, 2006 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I vote for Cloris Leachman as Big Edie.

  6. It's Skinner Again
    Posted February 23, 2006 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    This is loathsome in every way. Will there be a musical based on this version as well? Can’t we destroy Hollywood, and salt the earth where it stood?

  7. mark
    Posted February 23, 2006 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    If that’s how you feel, Mr. Skinner, I have an idea for a reality television show (inspired by the film) that you’ll really like.

  8. It's Skinner Again
    Posted February 24, 2006 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    But Mark, the so-called “reality shows” are just an attempt to cut production costs by using only non-union actors and writers. Are you anti-union?

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