High Fidelity will soon be getting the remake treatment courtesy of Disney, but there’s one original cast member from the 2000 romantic drama that isn’t so convinced they’ll be able to pull it off.
When Hollywood took a stab at bringing Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel High Fidelity to the silver screen, it was John Cusack who scored the lead role of broody and unlucky in love record store owner Rob Gordon.
Hornby’s tale of a man’s attempt to understand why his relationships keep failing is about to get an update thanks to Disney, who announced just last week that they’re working on a television series based off of the film.
The twist? Disney’s new series— one it plans to develop for it’s brand new online streaming service— will be a gender flipped version and feature a female lead.
What’s perhaps even more surprising than the proposed gender flip is that Disney is planning to make the female-led television series more family appropriate than Hornby’s original tale and the movie it inspired.
Fans of both the book and movie are understandably scratching their heads at this move— especially given the fact that while Rob’s story is comical at times, it also offers up an unapologetically bitter and cynical look at love and relationships.
With that in mind, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that John Cusack himself doesn’t really think it’s a very good idea.
In response to a fan who asked him to weigh in on Disney’s proposed spin on High Fidelity, Cusack held nothing back tweeting, “Of course— they want to brand their thing with our thing— they’ll fuck it up.”
Of course – they want to brand their thing with our thing- they’ll fuck it up ;) https://t.co/J1QTTocMTR
— John Cusack (@johncusack) April 6, 2018
Later, Cusack took to Twitter once more to clarify that he’s got no beef with the idea of telling the story from a woman’s point of view. He also pointed out the one thing he thinks Disney will need to pull it off.
“The woman part seems good/ the rest not so much— but it’s nicks book,” tweeted Cusack. “Hope at least he’s involved— if he’s not— it’ll suck.”
The woman part seems good / the rest not so much – but it’s nicks book hope at least he’s involved- if he’s not – it’ll suck https://t.co/ymEtRmEInQ
— John Cusack (@johncusack) April 7, 2018
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