Sunday, April 21, 2024

Remember Sizzling 1981 Noir Film, “Body Heat”? A Remake May Be in the Offing (Exclusive)


“Body Heat” was the Lawrence Kasdan classic that preceded his next classic, “The Big Chill,” back in 1981.

William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, and Ted Danson — in his first big movie role — stole the show in this modern film noir based loosely on another classic, “Double Indemnity.”

Well, I’m hearing rumors that “Body Heat” is ready for an update 40 years after its sultry humid Florida sweat made audiences crazy.

The director and co-writer is said to be “Boys Don’t Cry” skillful creator, Kimberly Peirce. The same director also has on her resume the excellent, “Stop/Loss,” and a remake of Brian dePalma’s “Carrie.”

This is what happens when you hang around in Hollywood for a few days. People talk, We listen.

Kathleen Turner played a conniving sexy younger wife of an older wealthy man (Crenna). She starts an affair with a local lawyer (Hurt) and eventually convinces him to help her kill the hubby and run away with the money. Danson also became famous for a little dancin’ (yes, similar to his name) he did throughout the film.

if it’s done right, a new “Body Heat” would be a blockbuster. Who should play these roles now? Matthew McConaughey comes to mind as Ned (Hurt). Turner’s character, Matty, sounds like Florence Pugh to me. But this is all above my pay grade. I can’t wait to see who the finalists are.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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