Lakeshore Boards Remake of 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'

Walter Hill wrote and will direct the update on the 1962 film that starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Lakeshore Entertainment has boarded the Walter Hill-directed remake of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Hill partnered up with the Aldrich Co. in July to bring the 1962 cult classic back to the big screen. Lakeshore will finance and produce the film, which Hill adapted from Henry Farrell’s novel.

The story is set in a decaying Hollywood mansion where Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen from the ’30s, are forced into retirement after a crippling accident. They live together consumed in a lethal relationship culminating in a violent tragedy.

The original was directed and produced by Robert Aldrich from a screenplay by Lukas Heller. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starred as the toxic sisters.

“Obviously, our first task is to find the proper casting for the two defining roles,” Hill said.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce the update alongside the Aldrich Co.’s Adell Aldrich.

Lakeshore recently released Underworld Awakening, staring Kate Beckinsale. The company’s upcoming slate includes the January release Stand Up Guys, toplined by Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.

“Walter Hill is a great American talent,” said Rosenberg. “His compelling vision has created a brilliant reimagining of this terrifying gothic thriller.”

Hill most recently directed the action thriller Bullet to the Head, which will be released by Warner Bros. in February.

He is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Eric Brooks at Bloom, Hergott, Diemer.

The Aldrich Co. also is handled by ICM.