Fran Drescher, who turns 65 today (yes, that header pic is from this year), tells Entertainment Tonight that The Nanny might be getting a film adaptation. That’s right, Fran Fine is headed to the big screen, baybay! Hopefully, this idea actually pans out and doesn’t just fade into nothingness like Fran’s plans to reboot the series with Cardi B as her daughter. Actually, maybe that was a good thing. Could the eardrums of the world really handle hearing both women scream-talk “Mistah Sheffieeeeld!” at the same time? It’s a no from me, dawg!
Fran talked about the movie plans in an interview with E.T. at the Variety Power of Women event on Wednesday. via ET:
“There’s some talk about maybe a movie… we’re in the talking stage now with our parent company, Sony,” Drescher told ET’s Deidre Behar at the Variety Power of Women event in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “It won’t be a musical and the musical is going to be set in the ’90s as was the series. The movie will probably be more in the present and incorporate new characters.”
Drescher explained that the possible movie would include characters that fans already love from The Nanny but “dovetail into a whole other character story.”
So it could have new characters… and/or old characters. I Googled the actors who played C.C. Babcock and Niles the butler, and guess what? They’re both still alive! And Daniel David (Niles) has a thriving Cameo career.
The reason Fran points out that the movie wouldn’t be a musical is that there’s also a Nanny Broadway musical in development, and that’s way farther along than this idea of a movie. Fran and her ex-husband/Nanny co-creator, Peter Marc Jacobson, are co-writing the book, and Rachel Bloom is doing music and lyrics. Rachel was originally going to do the music with her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend collaborator/founding member of the “Stacey’s Mom” band (Fountains of Wayne), Adam Schlesinger, but he tragically passed away due from COVID in April 2020. ET asked Rachel to describe the musical in three words, and she said: “funny, surprising, leopard print.”
Fran adds that she thinks the original TV show’s theme are “as current and present s it’s ever been”:
“So, it’s extremely important that the audience feels like they’re really seeing the proper representation of all the characters and the relationships and they understand how noble in many ways the character of Ms. Fine was,” Drescher added. “And [understand] the global message of that show was it doesn’t matter what you look like or what you sound like, it’s what’s in your heart that counts and that was what she proved week in and week out.”
She noted that “besides being an amazing dresser and a sweet, loving, warmhearted, authentic human being,” Fran Fine was “unabashedly, unapologetic about who she was and it’s a great example for us all.”
She really was a great example. And so is Fran Drescher, because, again, she looks this good at age 65?! And in the ET interview, her forehead actually moves! What black magic has Fran employed to stay looking so young? And when it finally runs out, will she turn into Grandma Yetta overnight?
Fun fact: the late, great Ann Morgan Guilbert was also 65 when she began playing Yetta in 1993. What a difference a wig makes!
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