Another one of Ira Levin’s novels, ‘The Stepford Wives’, is receiving a remake, this time featuring a woman, Joanna Eberhart, a creative and self-possessed wife/ mother, who arrives with her family to Stepford, Connecticut. But as she and her family begin settling in at this seemingly normal locality, she’s made uncomfortable by the unaccountable sameness that all the local wives possess. The local wives are with well maintained homes and are flawlessly attractive. They seem to have no interest in anything else. Joanna soon finds herself increasingly suspicious of the idyllic settlement and she soon discovers a web of malice that threatens her very existence.
Adaptations of the Book
‘The Stepford Wives’ was initially released in 1972 and is described as a satirical feminist horror novel that dealt with the themes of lack of liberty, consent and individuality. The book was first adapted into a film in the year 1975 with the same title. The 1975’s ‘The Stepford Wives’ starred Katharine Ross in the lead role with actors Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson and more joining the cast. The film was shot in Connecticut, the location of the book’s plot. The 1975 film received a sequel titled, ‘Revenge of the Stepford Wives’ which was set 10 years after the plot of the first movie. Another adaptation was released in 1990, this time with the gender roles swapped, with the movie title being, ‘The Stepford Husbands’. ‘The Stepford Husbands’ starred, Donna Mills, Michael Ontkean and more. A remake of the 1975 film was released in 2004 with the same title, starring, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick and Glenn Close among others. However, 2004’s ‘The Stepford Wives’ was a satirical comedy that showcased the original story in a different manner. Now, another remake is reportedly under development and is said to star Brie Larson for the role of Joanna Eberhart, the protagonist of the story.
Brie Larson is a popular actress who is known for her role as Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mason Weaver in ‘Kong: Skull Island’, Tess in ‘Fast X’, Jeannette Walls in ‘The Glass Castle’ and Ma in ‘Room’. The film is supposedly being produced under De Line Pictures, a production company founded by Donald De Line, who will be serving as the executive producer of the upcoming ‘The Stepford Wives’. Though not much is known regarding the further cast and crew additions, it is certain that the feature film is under development and will potentially commence its production soon.