CATEGORIES Documentary, Drama, Music & Musicals, Casting, Newsstand, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalGrey Gardens is a 1976 documentary by David and Albert Maysles, about Edie Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie. The two, distant relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, were portrayed in the film as a pair of eccentrics, "living in squalor" in a crumbling Hamptons mansion. Something about the movie struck a chord with viewers, and in addition to the websites devoted to the pair, they've been featured in an off-Broadway play, and a new musical will open in New York in March. Hollywood, too, is interested, and a feature (yes, it's called Grey Gardens) based on the doc is currently in the works.
Set to star Drew Barrymore as Little Edie and Jessica Lange as her mother, the project will be the first big-screen effort by commercial director Michael Sucsy, who grew up near the Edies and wrote the screenplay. According to Variety, Sucsy's film will tell the pair's story over the course of 40 years, featuring such real-life personalities as Jackie O and Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.