Sofia Coppola to Remake Clint Eastwood Civil War Drama The Beguiled


Last year Sofia Coppola directed the holiday special A Very Murray Christmas for Netflix, which received somewhat mixed reviews upon release, but prior to that she had been developing a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid for Universal Pictures. She dropped out of that project last summer due to creative differences, but now this week we’re finally getting word on what her next movie will be. Strangely enough, it looks like it will be another remake although this one won’t be a family-friendly offering. Instead it will be a Civil War-era drama that revolves around jealousy and deceit. The project will also reteam her with some familiar faces including Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Hit the jump for more details.

According to The Wrap, Sofia Coppola has signed on to write and direct The Beguiled, a remake of the 1971 Don Siegel film starring Clint Eastwood. The plot revolves around a wounded Confederate soldier who takes shelter at an all-female boarding school, slowly charming each of the women and pitting them against each other. Youree Henley (Somewhere, The Bling Ring) is on board to produce.

The new version will retain its period setting with Nicole Kidman attached to play the school’s head mistress (played by Geraldine Page in the original). Elle Fanning will reportedly play a student at the boarding school while Kirsten Dunst will play an instructor. No word yet on who might play the Confederate soldier. Are you looking forward to Sofia Coppola’s next film?

  • ProjectGenesis

    Huge fan of this movie. Interesting news!

  • Stinker

    Could be interesting, this is on of Clint´s lesser known movie, but a hell of a movie. Hope they leave Harry alone, not a remake with D. Johnson as Harry.