Steven Spielberg has committed to his next film, and it will be an adaptation of the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey,” which will be done as a co-production between 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks.
It is the first screenplay by the bestselling novelist Jonathan Tropper.
It is the story of an amiable eccentric, Elwood P. Dowd, and his friendship with a six and one-half foot tall invisible rabbit, and how it affects every member of his family and community. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944, and was previously turned into the 1950 Universal film that starred Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull.
I think it's a terrible idea. Why would anyone want to mess with such a classic? How could a remake possibly be better? (Which, of course, brings to mind the terrible idea of remaking Psycho, and the unholy mess they made of that.) They'll probably make an actual CG rabbit, since they can now, and is that a good thing? I think not. I think a lot of what made the original so good was that the rabbit was invisible.
Harvey isn't my favorite of Jimmy Stewart's films (that would be The Philadelphia Story), but it's still lovely. He's just delightful and so lovable as Elwood P. Dowd.
It looks like both films are actually on YouTube. In pieces, of course. I'm still not sure I approve of putting movies on YouTube. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but it just seems criminal to me somehow.
So what do you thing about a Harvey remake, yea or nay?
How could anyone be better in the role than this? He's so sweet and sincere.
Here are some lovely scenes from The Philadelphia Story, one of my all-time favorite movies. I've loved it for years and never get tired of it.