Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to
break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches
the eye of alcoholic star Norman Maine, is given a test, and is caught
up in the Hollywood glamour machine (ruthlessly satirized). She and her
idol, Norman, marry; but his career abruptly dwindles to nothing.
In 1999, it was reported that Warner Bros wanted to team up Jennifer Lopez & Will Smith for a remake of the 1937 classic. (Ew.com) Despite that, other female singers, such as Alicia Keys and Lauren Hill, were rumored to have been approached to star alongside Smith throughout the years. By 2002, Joel Schumacher was chosen to direct the movie. At the time, he discussed the project with MTV, saying:
"Who knows if the movie will go, [But] it seems [to be] a desire of the studio to do it. And now let's see if all of the ducks are in order....I know Will better than I know Jennifer. I did
a public service announcement for education with Jennifer and she was
breath-takingly beautiful and charming ... Will I know better and we've
talked about working together. And he's just a consummate gentleman and
just a lovely human being."
(Full article on MTV.com
In July of 2002, Smith told TV Guide that he had been interested in the "Star" project for quite some time and mentioned that Lopez shared his enthusiasm:
"Jennifer loves the concept. What I like about Jennifer is that you could go Latin. The music and the environment could be the Latin world, which would be different from all of the other [versions]."
In July, Smith also told Newsweek, "This . . . might work if we can get our schedules together." At this point, there was no script, director, or leading lady attached to the project. In addition, the studio had not yet greenlit the film.
The intention, however, was to begin filming in early 2003. (Newsweek)
Smith's intention was to make the film a musical like the 1954 version. In addition, he intended to reverse the roles. He would be the up-and-comer, while Lopez would play a huge star. (Newsweek)
In October 2002, Warner Bros. Worldwide Music President Gary LeMel told USA Today that the film, whose soundtrack he would assemble, was "not totally definite yet, [but it was] very close". (USA Today
Since then many others have tried to remake the film, but no one has done so.