Lee Daniels Plans To Remake TERMS OF ENDEARMENT Starring Oprah Winfrey by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Lee Daniels has announced his remake of Terms Of Endearment, with Oprah Winfrey playing the Shirley MacLaine role, will be set in the 1980s and have a story line about black men who brought HIV/AIDS to their female partners. It turns out it’ll be a complete makeover. Except for Ms. Winfrey, the cast has not been announced yet.
Don Lemon and Lee Daniels. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Lee Daniels produced Monster’s Ball and directed Precious, which received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Director; the film won two of the awards. In 2012, Daniels directed Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a historical fiction drama featuring an ensemble cast portraying unique events on the 20th century presidents of the United States at the White House. Daniels is also a co-creator, executive producer and director of the television series Empire and Star, which debuted in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 American comedy-drama film adapted from Larry McMurtry’s eponymous 1975 novel, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow. The film covers 30 years of the relationship between Aurora Greenway (MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Winger). The film received eleven Academy Award nominations and won five. Brooks won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) while MacLaine won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Nicholson won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, it won four Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress in a Drama (MacLaine), Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson), and Best Screenplay (Brooks).
“I’ve got to tell stories that are important to me, and so many African-American women died,” said Daniels. “I want to make Flap [played by Jeff Daniels in the 1983 film] gay and infect the Debra Winger character. And then we explore the ’80s in a different way.”
Oprah Winfrey. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
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