When Adrian Lyne’s unlikely blockbuster “Fatal Attraction” hit theaters in the autumn of 1987, the psycho-sexual thriller a critical and commercial hit, garnering $320 million at the box office and six Oscar nominations, including one for Glenn Close. Now, the actress has said in a recent interview with Deadline that “Fatal Attraction” is due for a remake from the perspective of her character, Alex Forrest. And she’s exactly right.
While the sub-genre doesn’t have much heat in Hollywood these days — though Gillian Flynn’s novels have spawned some notable exceptions like “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects,” and the horror genre has always been compelled by unstable women and their inner lives — Close herself is hoping to give it some new blood with a fresh perspective.
Read More:Who Will Win the Best Actress Oscar? History Says It’s Time for Glenn Close
“We’ve gone back to Paramount to find out, because they own the title,” Close said. “I think they’ve had some things in the works, but I do think it would be interesting to take the exact story basically, and do it from her point of view. I think she’d become a tragic figure, rather than perceived as an evil figure.”
Close has always viewed her complicated character with respect: She reportedly consulted with a number of psychologists during her preparation for her role as the jilted Alex, in hopes that she might be able to give the character a fact-based psychological profile that extended past “crazy lady.” The film itself wasn’t as interested in those complexities, instead opting to cast Alex as a sex-mad psycho who goes to terrifying ends to win back (and then get back at) her one-time lover Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas).
“Fatal Attraction” was the precursor for similar “crazy lady” films like “Basic Instinct,” “Disclosure,” “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” “Swimfan,” and “Single White Female,” all of which found drama and titillation in stories about nutty women without exploring the motivations of the character at their center. The film also introduced the movie-going world to the term “bunny boiler”: an unstable, likely sexually motivated woman who will do anything in service to revenge, including cooking up a child’s beloved pet.
In “Fatal Attraction,” the bunny boiling happens towards the end of the film, long after Alex and …read more