CATEGORIES Classics, Drama, Casting, Mystery & Suspense, Newsstand, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalTwo years ago, The Hollywood Reporter published the news that Al Pacino was interested in starring in a remake (cringe) of birthday boy Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution. At the time, David E. Kelley was in line to write the screenplay, and Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer, Places in the Heart, Nobody's Fool) had just begun talks to direct the film. Since then, however, we've heard nary a peep about the film, and it was possible to assume that Pacino had come to his senses and decided to move on to things that, while not necessarily original, didn't involving trying to improve upon Wilder.
It turns out, though, that the remake isn't actually dead. In fact, Michael Radford recently told an Italian paper that he'll be directing the film, and that Nicole Kidman is in talks to play its title character, a woman who agrees to testify against her husband in a murder trial. (Nothing so simply as stepping into Marlene Dietrich's shoes, huh, Nic?) There are precious little other details available about the film; questions range from whether Kelley's screenplay is being used to which role (the lawyer or the husband) will be taken by Pacino.