Get in formation, B. Coop.
Bradley Cooper was planning to remake the classic film A Star is Born for the nth time with Beyoncé lined up as the lead to portray a young artist whose dreams of the limelight are assisted by an aging icon. Now, Page Six reports that Cooper didn’t have his pennies in order when casting the role with a legendary queen.
“Beyoncé wanted too much money, and Warner Bros. balked at her price,” a Hollywood source tells the publication. “The production budget was also said to be an issue with the studio, so the project has fallen apart.”
Alternatively, another source that the production still has hope. “Bradley has started reading scripts for his next acting project,” they say. “But the Star is Born project remains in development and Bradley is still involved.”
The first remake of Judy Garland‘s 1954 musical was plucked as a reboot of a 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor. The film was recreated once again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand, and the latest iteration with Beyoncé has been in talks since 2011. Clint Eastwood was originally set to direct, but Cooper has since taken over the project as his directorial debut under his production company, 22nd & Green.
Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Cooper’s red carpet debut with model girlfriend Irina Shayk.