John Cusack Blasts Plans For Female Led High Fidelity Remake

The star of the original adaptation poured scorn on the project - but it's not what you think.

John Cusack

John Cusack, the star of the original adaptation of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, has hit out at plans to remake the book as a female-led TV series.

Disney is putting together a reimaging of the hit book and Stephen Frears film which will see a female actress replace Cusack’s sarcastic record store owner in the central role.

The plan is to remake High Fidelity as a TV series that will be made available on Disney’s new streaming service.

According to Disney, the new High Fidelity will mark “a departure from the book and the movie while still capturing the romantic comedy and authentic spirit of the original source materials.” Hmm.

Cusack earned widespread acclaim for his performance in the original, which perfectly captured the tone of the original book despite moving the action to the US.

Hornby famously remarked after seeing the film that “at times, it appears to be a film in which John Cusack reads my book”.

The actor is therefore pretty well positioned to comment on the new plans and it would appear he’s not particularly taken by the idea.

Asked directly on Twitter to air his thoughts on the topic, Cusack offered up a fair assessment that appeared to openly criticise the idea, though not for the reason some would have assumed.

“The woman part seems good,” he began. “The rest not so much, but it’s Nick’s book [and I] hope at least he’s involved. If he’s not, it’ll suck.”

Cusack has previously poured cold water on the project on social media, noting that he expects whoever helms the project to “fuck it up.”

It’s difficult to disagree – the original was pretty good and even featured a spot-on performance from Jack Black. A performance he’s been living off ever since.

On second thoughts, maybe a remake won’t be so bad. As long as Black isn’t involved.

Cusack, meanwhile, just needs a break – he hasn’t made a film that got a cinema release since 2014!

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