If you’ve got a pet rabbit, don’t let it out of your sight.
Fatal Attraction, the 1987 thriller about a vengeful wife, is being made into a TV series for Fox.
The film, which stars Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, is about a successful lawyer who lived to rue the day he ever had an affair. Because when he says it’s over, she (Close) starts stalking him and his family. So intense is her obsession that she inspired the term “bunny boiler” when she kills Douglas’ daughter’s pet bunny and leaves it in a pot on the stove.
Details of the TV show plot and cast are being kept under wraps but according to Deadline, the “reimagining will explore how a married man’s indiscretion comes back to haunt him.”
While an iconic and thrilling film, it seems an odd choice for a small-screen remake, as the portrayal of a woman unable to cope with a no-strings-attached weekend fling seems outdated in 2015.
The image of the terrifying, single, jilted woman feels out of sync with the more subtle tales of adultery like Sky Atlantic’s brilliant The Affair or complex films like Closer. And while Gone Girl – also the story of infidelity gone seriously wrong – was a huge success, the film was also criticised for being a 21st century Fatal Attraction, with another unstable, violent woman seeking revenge on a man.
Even the film’s lead actor, Close, said she regretted playing the bunny boiler character and if she were to do the role again, she would “have a different outlook on that character.” She felt that she contributed to the stigma of mental health being synonymous with violence and danger.
If Gone Girl’s success is anything to go by, there’s definitely still an appetite for thrillers about obsessive, psychotic women – but will a Fatal Attraction TV series really feel modern enough? And perhaps more importantly, will there be any bunnies on the stove?