Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Graduate Revisited 

Now that The Graduate has had its stage revival, and repeated references in the various American Pie movies, a sequel of sorts is in the making. Apparently filming had begun on the untitled project starring Jennifer Aniston when production halted after one week. The director and cinematographer are both being replaced, with Rob Reiner stepping into the director's chair and Peter Deming is rumored to be the new cinematographer.

In this film, Jennifer Aniston's character learns that her family was the basis for the original movie and that her grandmother, played by Shirley MacLaine, was the real life Mrs. Robinson. Also starring are Kevin Costner, Mark Ruffalo and Mena Suvari.

Let's hope they get this project back in action, because I have high hopes for it. I'm picturing Shirley MacLaine in Postcards From the Edge, which was simply fabulous. She's also signed on to play Endora in the upcoming Nora Ephron remake of Bewitched.

Random but related trivia: Mike Nichols directed both Postcards From the Edge (one of my favorites) and the original The Graduate. Jason Biggs starred in both American Pie and the stage production of The Graduate.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:55 PM