Remakes are all the rage these days and while there’s no specific desire to remake the 1987 thriller, Fatal Attraction (because it’s bloomin’ great) should the occasion ever arise, or had a sequel ever happened, actress Glenn Close has a great idea for another movie.
For those not familiar with Fatal Attraction, Close’s character, Alex Forrest engages in an affair with Michael Douglas’ character, Dan Gallagher. Throughout the course of the film Alex stalks Dan, as the audience watches her mental state deteriorate.
The film ends in tragedy, but not before Alex has terrorised Dan. She ruins his life, because he treated her as nothing more than a one-night stand.
Fatal Attraction is largely told from Dan’s perspective and not Alex’s. So, the film shows Alex becoming unhinged, but doesn’t necessarily detail all of the reasons why she seems so erratic.
And this is where Glenn Close feels the film misses a trick, that could prove fruitful for another picture – and I’m inclined to agree.
Speaking on The Jess Cagle Interview in 2018, Close offered up a different take on the story:
“I think it would be wonderful to write that kind of story from her point of view – that I think would be really interesting.”
Close’s suggestion would create a new spin on the tale and would offer up a better explanation of how Alex ends up the way she does. It would certainly add more depth to her character.
In 1987, when Fatal Attraction was released, Close’s idea would have made for an interesting companion piece to the original movie. Today, it would provide a intriguing new angle for a remake.
Should Paramount Pictures ever want to remake the movie, this might be a way forward. It would certainly ensure it isn’t just a carbon copy of what came before.
But is there any more story to mine? Close seems to think so.
During the same interview, Close also discussed details about the background to her character. Once again, this demonstrates there is a lot of scope for building on the foundations of the original movie.
“Things were hinted at about her father, we knew there was something strange going on there.
“The research I did with psychiatrists – even though they didn’t bring up a particular mental illness – we decided that she’d been incested at a very, very early age by her father, long enough to really damage her.”
She added: “Many, many people that has happened to end up taking their own lives and never being able to achieve fulfilling relationships. That was the woman I was playing.”
Did you read into any of this when you last watched Fatal Attraction? Could you now be ready to give it a re-watch, to see what else you can pick up on?
Yep, me too!
I find that Fatal Attraction is one of those movies I like to dip into every once in a while. The performances of Close and Douglas are fantastic, with both actors commanding the screen at every opportunity.
And despite its ever increasing age, the premise of the film still remains fresh and topical. In an age where social and sexual interactions can be brief, and public and private personas can be very different, Fatal Attraction has remained relevant.
Of course, it’s handling of mental health has aged the film considerably – it certainly doesn’t paint Alex in a good light, and it doesn’t take into account her personal problems. But this is reason enough to revisit, rework and improve the foundations of this story.
I believe Fatal Attraction to be a strong film, with plenty to say. I think now might be a good time to dust it off and give it a rewatch, to see what other ideas and story beats could make for a great sequel/remake.
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