I participated the Hollywood Fantasy Movie Draft on Anomalous Material . It is like fantasy football, but for movies and much more fun. We cast our movie, choose a director and either pitch an original screen play or a remake.
Last year, I pitched my epic love story starring Hugh Jackman and Viola Davis, An Unexpected Song. This time around I decided to do a remake of the classic Tennessee Williams play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I know how much we loved the 1958 version, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor as Brick and Maggie. But, let’s face it…in 1958 the Hayes Commission was in full force and the raw emotion of Williams’ original play was edited down quite a bit.
With Martin Scorsese directing and Hollywood super couple (at least before the divorce), Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johanson in the lead roles, I think this new and fresh version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will be an Oscar contender. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Please go to Anomalous Material and read the other fantasy movie pitches. There are some great stories there. If only Hollywood had our imagination!
Based on the original play by Tennessee Williams
Director: Martin Scorcese
Tagline: Family Secrets are the ties that bind.
Logline: Based on Tennessee Williams’ original play, this version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is not the sanitized version of the 1958 movie. The Pollitts are a wealthy family, lead by Big Daddy who rules his company and his family with an iron fist. When death is at the doorstep, lies and secrets come to light and threaten to tear the family apart.
This remake is a tense emotional drama that deeply examines the relationship between Brick and Skipper and its impact on Brick’s marriage to Maggie, the rest of the family and his relationship with his father. Also by transporting the family from the South to 1960’s Philadelphia high society puts Big Daddy in the position of being an outsider with the old money millionaires.
Like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in Who Is Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, the pairing of Hollywood’s hot couple Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johanson will be a big box office draw, as well as cause lots of on-screen tension due to their real life martial situation.
Brixton Dean Pollitt–Brick (Ryan Reynolds)
People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, Ryan Reynolds stars as Brick, a former college star athlete, slacker and youngest son in the Pollitt family. Brick gets by on his good looks and charm. Thanks to his family’s fortune he was able to hang on to his glory days with a job as a TV sports announcer. However, he is fired from the TV station due to his drinking. Big Daddy intervenes and helps Brick get a job as a high school football coach.
An unhappy marriage, secrets about unresolved issues in his relationship with Skipper all contribute to Brick’s alcoholism.
Skipper (James Dean)
Hollywood icon, James Dean co-stars as Brick’s best friend and college room-mate. Skipper. Like Brick, Skipper comes from a wealthy Northeastern family. And like Brick, he is also the black sheep of the family. He has been kicked out of 2 previous schools due to “inappropriate behaviour” and complaints from other male students. Uneasy with his sexuality, Skipper feels an attraction to Brick, but is hesitant to act on it.(After all it is 1962)
Margaret Katz–Maggie (Scarlett Johanson)
The ultra-sexy Scarlett Johanson is the perfect young actress to play Maggie the Cat. Maggie is a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks whose parents works in one of the Pollitt Paper mills. Maggie is a beautiful, smart and determined young woman who works as a waitress in a cafe near Penn State, scheming to marry a rich husband and escape her life of poverty.
Maggie meets Brick, the college football star and his friend, Skipper one night at the cafe. The three of them become inseparable. She falls in love with Brick and only Skipper stands in the way of her plans to become the future Mrs Pollitt.
Buford Dean Pollitt–Big Daddy (Jeff Bridges)
Oscar winner, Jeff Bridges plays Big Daddy. Born into poverty in rural Alabama, Buford grew up traveling the rails with Dean, his hobo father. His father died, leaving the 13-year-old boy to work in local paper mills until he goes into the Navy. After leaving the military, he moves to Philadelphia and built his fortune in northern paper mills. Despite being a multi-millionaire, BD (aka Big Daddy) is not readily accepted into Philadelphia high society. He married Idahlia Stanton to establish himself with the other wealthy families in the city.
A hard and unscrupulous man, Buford cares little for anyone but himself. He does have a soft spot for his favorite son, Brick.
Idahlia Stanton-Pollitt–Big Mamma (Katherine Hepburn)
The great Katherine Hepburn stars as Big Mamma. Ida Stanton is the daughter of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious families. She met the young handsome BD (as he was known then) Pollitt and was dazzled by his bad boy ways and Southern charm. Ida had an independent and rebellious spirit, so against her father’s wishes, she married the handsome Southerner with the mysterious past.
Ida is not ignorant to her husband’s infidelities and other faults, but she loves him and is fiercely loyal.
Buford Dean Pollitt Jr. — Gooper (Bill Pullman)
The oldest Pollitt son and the father of 4 children, Gooper constantly seeks his father’s approval. A successful New York attorney, Gooper looks after the family’s legal and business interests. With a combined wealth of more than $8 million (that’s 1962 dollars), Pollitt Industries consumes so much of his time, Gooper gave up his partnership in a prominent NY las firm.
May Pollitt–Sister Woman (Francis McDormand)
Francis McDormand, who is so wonderful in capturing quirky and interesting characters will play May Pollitt, Gooper’s wife. May and Gooper have 4 children under the age of 10 and another on the way. With a tendency towards listening at keyholes and pettiness, the ever pregnant May is intent on providing heirs to the Pollitt family fortune.
Setting: The Pollitt family estate in Philadelphia, PA. The summer of 1962.
Synopsis: Big Daddy and Big Mamma have returned after 6 weeks in Baltimore, where Big Daddy was undergoing tests in Johns Hopkins Hospital. What he thought was a spastic colon, turns out to be pancreatic cancer. His prognosis is terminal, with weeks, if not days to live. The Pollitt sons Gooper, Brick and their wives returned to the home during their father’s hospital stay. Tonight, they gather to celebrate their father’s 65th birthday. Dr. Baugh delivers the bad news to the sons about their father’s health. Dr. Baugh has not told Big Daddy and Big Mamma about the cancer yet. Gooper and May want to secure the inheritance and control of the Pollitt estate before Big Daddy finds out the bad news.
With Gooper and May’s four “no neck monsters” running around the house, Maggie’s childlessness brings up even more bitterness and anxiety about her failing marriage. Maggie and Brick’s lack of children is a matter of gossip and conjecture with the family and no wonder since Maggie sleeps in the bed and Brick on the sofa.