Casting Call: Endless Love
In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.
Did you know that Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’s famous duet “Endless Love” was originally written as the theme song for a Brooke Shields movie of the same name? It is hands-down the best thing that came out of that film (that, and a 19-year-old Tom Cruise has his first movie appearance in it, awww).
Endless Love (1981) stars an enviably beautiful, 16-year-old Brooke Shields as Jade Butterfield and Martin Hewitt as David Axelrod—two teens in an intense, heated romance. Jade comes from a bohemian family with parents who smoke pot and let her have sex with her boyfriend in their house (Shields used a body double for these scenes, since she was underage at the time). Soon, the intensity of the relationship takes its toll on Jade, and she tries to sneak pills from her father’s medicine cabinet to help her get through school. Her father tells her she needs to take a break from David for 30 days. Apparently, 30 days is too long for David, so he devises a plan to win Jade back by secretly setting her house on fire, then putting it out so everyone will think he’s a hero. His plan doesn’t work out quite how he expects it to—we’ll leave it at that.
The good thing about remaking this type of film is that the inteneded audience (tweens) definitely won’t remember the disaster of the original (it ended up being nominated for six Razzie Awards that year). Shana Feste, who wrote and directed Country Strong (2010), is set to rewrite and direct Endless Love. Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy from Bluegrass Films are set to produce, alongside Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage from Fake Empire. The collective producing team is known for their comedies and teens-orientated projects (Ted, Gossip Girl, The O.C.). We’re assuming this movie will either go in the direction of a scary thriller or a Twilight-y teen love story. Either way, we’ve decided on a young cast to appeal to a fresh new audience.
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