Pop superstar Madonna wants to remake Casablanca — and plans to set it in war-torn Iraq, it has been claimed.
The singer, whose previous film career was widely panned by the critics, is reportedly planning to take the lead role of Ilsa Lund, which originally made a star of Ingrid Bergman.
A source at a major Hollywood studio that was recently approached by the 49-year-old star said: “She is still determined to make it in the movies.
“She and her representatives have been touting around a project which is a remake of Casablanca. The reception has been lukewarm to say the least. No one can understand why she wants to redo what many people consider the greatest film of all time.”
In the 1942 original, Bergman starred opposite Humphrey Bogart, who played Rick Blaine, a cynical bar owner in the Moroccan city of Casablanca in the early days of the Second World War. Ilsa is torn between love for her husband, a Czech Resistance leader, and her ex-lover Rick.
Madonna is said to believe the film will make her reputation as an actress, after a string of high-profile flops such as Shanghai Surprise, Body Of Evidence and Swept Away, her much-derided 2002 collaboration with husband Guy Ritchie.
The source added to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper: “Madonna is talking about taking the Ingrid Bergman role for herself, even though Bergman was in her 20s when she played Ilsa and Madonna is nearly 50.
“She wants to update the story and maybe set it in a modern war zone such as Iraq. There is no script yet.
“Madonna and her people are testing the waters to see if this is the right vehicle for her and if a major studio will get behind the project.”
Bollywood filmmaker Rajeev Nath is also said to be working on a remake set in India, calling it “a tribute to the original”.
A spokeswoman for Madonna refused to comment.
source : showbizspy