On the one hand: Hollywood is out of new ideas… dear GOD can’t someone in this town just write an original script?… and how many more times must we rehash this hoary old chestnut?….
On the OTHER hand: Gaga has been honing her acting chops… a pairing with Bradley Cooper sounds good on paper… and if the formula ain’t broke why fix it?
To quickly rehash: A Star Is Born has been made four previous times. The first time in 1932, when it was about a struggling young actress and an alcoholic film director. It starred Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman and was titled What Price Hollywood? The second time was five years later with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March when it was about a rising young actress and a fading movie star. JUDYJUDYJUDY then starred in the most iconic version with James Mason in 1954. Then, of course there was the disco-era Barbra Streisand version which I happened to love, but nobody else on the planet did.
Now, Deadline is reporting that it’s been green lit AGAIN, this time starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
Warner Bros has green lit A Star Is Born. Production begins early next year in California, marking the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, who’ll also star alongside Lady Gaga. Latter gets her first studio starring role, as the ingenue singer whose star rises as quickly as her troubled lover/mentor’s star is falling. Gaga will compose and perform new music for the film. This picture has been a long time coming for Cooper, who is teaming on the script with Will Fetters. Production will begin early next year in California.
Deadline was first to reveal that Gaga was the one Cooper wanted, after things didn’t work out with Beyonce. He was eyeing this as his directing debut back when he was working with Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros on American Sniper, and he won over Warner Bros brass with a chemistry test that the studio loved. Aside from her megawatt stature as a Grammy-winning recording star, Gaga has bolstered her standing on the acting front with a performance in the FX hit American Horror Story that won a Golden Globe. She also got an Oscar nomination for ‘Til It Happens To You from the documentary The Hunting Ground. They all felt Cooper was ready to be a director and that Gaga was ready to take the next step as an actress.
“For those of us lucky enough to watch him work as an actor and producer, it has been clear that Bradley would make this transition to director,” Silverman said. “We are honored that he is doing it, here, at his home—Warner Bros.—and with Lady Gaga as a collaborator and co-star. The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of A Star is Born.” Cooper and Gaga are repped by CAA.