Writer/director Diane English is quite proud of her newest film, “The Women,” and quite happy to tell you about how it took fourteen years to make it to the big-screen. So now that she’s got that monkey off her back, what quick, easy movie does she want to do next?
“Being a glutton for punishment the next movie is going to be ‘Fear of Flying’, an adaptation of Erica Jong’s novel from 1973,” English revealed, laughing. “And I think it’s going to be harder to raise the money for that than for this. So mark your calendars for 2022!”
It’s actually quite amazing that a version of “Fear of Flying,” Erica Jong’s seminal feminist tract, hasn’t yet been made, given both its seductive and very sexual premise and overall cultural importance.
“It’s kind of the original ‘Sex and the City,’” English said. “It’s a really bawdy, funny, hard R – it’s a hard R rating.”
Seriously, you wanna talk bawdy? Think current films push the envelope? “Flying” follows Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing as she makes her way through Vienna, humping everything in sight. And, apologies, but I use “humping” since the real phrase she uses, the phrase that has since entered the cultural lexicon, isn’t even publishable here. (You can find out what it is on the wiki page)
But while it’s the sex that’ll no doubt garner all the headlines, it’s appropriately the message that English finds much more important.
“It harkens back to the time when a woman couldn’t even get a credit card on her own. Couldn’t buy a house without the signature of a man. These are things that we’ve forgotten in modern times,” she explained. “It’s great to go back and remind us what it took to get here.”
English revealed that her version of the film will take place in modern times, with an older character utilized as a framing device to tell a flashback story.
What do you think? Are you a fan of “Fear of Flying”? Who do you want to see play Wing? Sound off below.