"Bunny Lake Is Missing," the story of a young woman whose daughter may have disappeared, may also be suffering from a disappearing leading lady.
According to Variety, Reese Witherspoon has dropped out of Joe Carnahan's "Bunny Lake" remake, only five weeks before the thriller was scheduled to shoot. That's inconvenient since the Oscar-winning leading lady was the centerpiece of the film, but doubly problematic since Witherspoon and Jennifer Simpson's Type A Films shingle was also producing the Spyglass-financed flick.
The industry trade paper had precious little information on what caused Witherspoon's departure, much less how the production will respond. Carnahan is said to be looking for a new leading lady, but with the limited window, production may need to be delayed.
Otto Preminger's 1965 thriller received an uncredited remake two years ago courtesy of the Jodie Foster hit "Flightplan." The original starred Carol Lynley as a young woman who claims that her daughter has gone missing, but can't provide any evidence that the girl ever existed. Is she crazy? Is she mourning? Or is her child the victim of some big conspiracy or other? Laurence Olivier played the initially skeptical police investigator.
Doug Wright ("Quills") is scripting the remake, which has been in development for at least three years.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times