Hoboy. This has been quite the week for rumored projects. First we had Meryl's name mentioned to be joining Angelina Jolie's Africa. And now, as of last night, Streep's IMDb Pro page has her attached to team with Sissy Spacek in Walter Hill's remake of the cult classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Recall almost three years ago when it was announced that Hill was hoping to helm the picture, with most articles happened to list Meryl as one of their top choices for one of the roles.
I have found no other results online that link Meryl to this project. In fact, I've found no news of the project whatsoever, aside from the updated page on IMDb Pro. Although Streep and Spacek are listed as "rumored," there are several filmmakers listed in the project's description, including producers, a casting director and writing credits.
This does not seem in any way related to the picture that Ryan Murphy was hoping to make for HBO which was to include Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon depicting a behind-the-scenes look at Joan Crawford and Bette Davis's experience making the original 1962 film. Whether the HBO project was based on the script Best Actress, we may never know. I can't decide if I'd prefer to see Streep in an original screenplay such as this, which chronicles Davis and Crawford (which I've suggested in the epilogue to my re-imagined filmography), or a reinterpretation of this revered film from the last days of Hollywood's golden age.
As always, time will tell as to whether this (in whichever form) ultimately comes to fruition. Regardless, the thought of this remake now seems a little less "lame" than I originally considered in mid 2012.