The cast of Basic Instinct seems to be in the news more than usual lately - Sharon Stone celebrating her 50th birthday by posing topless on the cover of Paris Match; Michael Douglas standing behind his (alleged) meth kingpin son. We thought this last item was enough of a Mexico tie-in to post something, but then our Sonoma, California bureau chief called our attention to the latest project from Joe Eszterhas, who wrote Basic Instinct, Showgirls, and the only movie we walked out of after paying full price for a ticket, Sliver. Joe wrote hard, lived hard, made millions and then got all Jesusy and wrote a memoir called Crossbearer. And now he's hard at work writing a film about everyone's favorite bird poop apparition, the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Eszterhas will write the screenplay about the virgin of Guadalupe, a vision that appeared to the Aztec peasant Juan Diego in 1531. While some scholars question Diego's existence, the event is credited with helping to spread Catholicism at a time of economic and social turmoil in the country. Earlier this decade, Diego was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic church.
Eszterhas, sounding like someone other than the man who gave the world hard-R potboilers like "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls," noted that the Guadalupe project was a "labor of love" and that he had been "hoping for some time to write a film that is both entertaining and inspiring.
The jokes pretty much write themselves, so we'll go with the visual pun, which, we have to confess, we don't feel particularly good about.
Feel free to leave casting suggestions in comments. Assuming the Virgen doesn't have a lot of lines, we like Traci Lords as a brunette.