I usually shun any remakes, especially if it's a classic old Hollywood movie being remade (Hello The Women! Ugh...) but this has caught my attention because I love Kate Winslet and I think she's got the acting chops to pull this off in a great way. Plus I read the book ages ago and enjoyed it immensely. AND this remake will be 5 hours long! So I'm very intrigued to see this!
HBO has picked up a miniseries adaptation of "Mildred Pierce" that will star Oscar winner Kate Winslet in the lead role.
The five-hour miniseries, which Todd Haynes ("I'm Not There," "Far From Heaven") co-wrote and will direct, is scheduled to begin filming in New York in the spring, HBO confirms to Zap2it. Winslet will play the title role, a Depression-era housewife who separates from her husband to try to provide for her two daughters -- including one contemptuous of her mother having to work for a living.
Rumors of the project have been circulating for several weeks, and HBO sealed a deal with MGM, John Wells Productions and Killer Films to co-produce the project.
James M Cain's 1941 novel was previously adapted into a 1945 film that earned Joan Crawford a best actress Oscar. The movie was also nominated for best picture.
The miniseries will be Winslet's first role on American television (she appeared in a handful of British shows at the start of her career). Haynes and Jon Raymond ("Wendy and Lucy") collaborated on the script.