It is apparently very early days on the project and neither Winfrey or Daniels is saying much, but TheWrap reports that Paramount has bought the rights to Terms Of Endearment for the Empire and Precious filmmaker, with Winfrey apparently circling the role of Aurora Greenway, memorably played by an Oscar-winning Shirley MacLaine in the 1983 movie version.
Larry McMurtry’s original novel follows the life of Aurora and her daughter, Emma. While the daughter has an unsuccessful marriage and deals with health issues, the widowed Aurora is looking for a new lease of life, which includes getting to know the drunken astronaut who lives next (previously played by Jack Nicholson, who also won an Oscar).
Although messing with a classic is tough, Winfrey could be a good choice is Hollywood does want to take on Terms Of Endearment again. However, we’ll have to wait and see whether it really happens.