Hide your rabbits, folks: a new adaptation of “Fatal Attraction” is on the way.
Paramount+, Thursday confirmed that actor Lizzy Caplan had signed on for a “deep-dive reimagining” of the 1987 psychological thriller, which originally starred Glenn CloseMichael Douglas. Alexandra Cunningham will screenplay the screenplay.
Caplan, whose credits include “Mean Girls” and “Masters of Sex,” will play Alex Forrest, a woman who becomes obsessed with her married lover, Dan, after a brief affair. Close portrayed the character in the original.
According to Paramount+ Chief Content Officer David Nevins, the new “Fatal Attraction” will be “very contemporary while also honoring the original.”
“There’s a very timeless appeal to the themes of fidelity and infidelity, why good people make very dumb, problematic choices, and just marriage and family against those themes of fidelity and infidelity,” he told DeadlineIn an interview. “How it’s done for today and how it’s turned into a series is interesting, and it’s interesting for Lizzy’s part in particular.”
The series’ release date was not yet announced.
Directed by Adrian Lyne, the original “Fatal Attraction” opened to rave reviewsSix Academy Award nominations were received, including Best Actress for Close. Close is her iconic role, though Alex still remains one of the most beloved. famously dissatisfied with the movie’s ending and, in particular, her character’s demise.
Recent interviews with the actor revealed that she suggested her character as be reappraisedIn the wake of the current mental health discourse.
“I did take that script to two different psychiatrists, and neither of them back then even brought up the point that maybe she had mental health issues,” Close told CNN’s Anderson CooperThis week. “Nobody did. It is amazing, because now it’d be the first thing I think that people would talk about, and that’s really good.”
Though the new “Fatal Attraction” had not yet been announced at the time of the interview, Close went on to suggest that she’d be interested in seeing the story retold from Alex’s point of view.
“A lot of her behavior wasn’t explained,” she added.