Actress Geena Davis is one of the most prominent yesteryear stars that is still working today. In her four-decade career, Davis has worked with stalwart directors such as Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, and David Cronenberg. She is a recipient of an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award and multiple nominations for her performances.
One of Davis’ classic films is the iconic romantic drama Thelma & Louis. The film, which also featured Susan Sarandon and Brad Pitt in lead roles, is often considered to be one of the landmark films of the feminist movement. Many remakes have been considered since its release, which reportedly irks Geena Davis.
What Is Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louis About?
Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louis often finds itself on the ‘best-of’ lists and is considered to be one of the greats in pop culture history. The film was lauded for its feministic view and revisionist take on the ‘road movie’ genre. The film is considered to be one of Ridley Scott’s best films as a director and was one of his most successful films.
The script of the film was brought to Scott as a producer when music video producer Callie Khouri wrote the script of the film based on her trips and experiences with country singer Pam Tillis. Many directors such as Kevin Reynolds and Richard Donner were approached to direct the film before Ridley Scott was convinced to make it himself by Michelle Pfeiffer.
The film follows the story of two female friends who go on the run after one of them is assaulted by a man, whom they kill. Before Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were cast as the leading stars of the film, Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep were selected before Streep had to back down due to scheduling conflicts. Davis got the role after pursuing it for a year.
The film is known for being one of the landmark roles for actor Brad Pitt, who has a small cameo in the film. Thelma & Louis was successful both critically and commercially upon release, earning over $45 million against a $18 million budget. It was also nominated for the Best Director, Actress, and Supporting Actress Oscars, eventually winning for Best Original Screenplay.
Geena Davis Is Against A Remake Of Thelma & Louis
While there have been speculations about a modern-day remake of the film, it was announced earlier this year that the film would receive a musical stage adaptation. According to Variety, the stage adaptation of Thelma & Louis would star Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood, with writer Callie Khouri returning as a writer.
The adaptation has reportedly been in the works since 2021 with Neko Case composing the score and Trip Cullman attached as a director. While the world might be ready for another Thelma & Louis, lead actress Geena Davis is not having it. She recently mentioned to E! News that she wanted the film to be left alone,
“Leave it the hell alone. I mean, come on! People can do whatever they want but it doesn’t seem like it needs to be remade…People are still watching it the same amount as they ever did. It’s hard to meet someone who hasn’t seen the movie. I think it holds up.”
Her co-star Susan Sarandon also echoed the actress’ sentiments by saying that it does not make sense to do a similar themed remake and she would rather see a gender-swapped version of the film.