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Fatal Attraction's Joshua Jackson on the Reboot's Possible Boiled Bunny

CBR 3/31/2023 Alex Anagnoson
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Joshua Jackson, star of the upcoming Paramount+ thriller series Fatal Attraction, has addressed speculation as to whether the series will feature a boiling bunny.

In an interview with Total Film, Jackson hinted that fans might get to see another boiled bunny in the new Fatal Attraction. "There is a bunny," he said. "There are things that boil. But we can’t tell you if they happen at the same time." The famous "boiled bunny" refers to the well-known scene in the original movie in which the deranged Alex Forrest (played by Glenn Close) kills her lover Dan Gallagher's pet rabbit and secretly places it in a pot of boiling water on his stove. Dan's wife Beth later discovers the pot and, upon seeing the rabbit inside, screams and flees in terror.

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The Original Fatal Attraction's Success

Fatal Attraction, the 1987 psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and written by James Dearden (based on a short film Dearden had made several years earlier), starred Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher, a happily married and successful New York lawyer who has an affair with Alex Forrest, an editor at a publishing company. Although he eventually tries to break off the affair, it quickly becomes clear that Alex is not mentally stable, and does not let Dan go easily.

The film was a critical and commercial success, raking in over $300 million at the box office, as well as six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress (for Close) and Best Supporting Actress (for Anne Archer). To this day, the film is widely referenced in pop culture, and has since become a cult classic.

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The Fatal Attraction miniseries, which will air on Paramount+, was first announced in early 2021 as part of a package of television adaptations of Paramount films, which also included Flashdance, The Italian Job and Love Story. The miniseries, which is expected to consist of about eight episodes, will star Jackson as Dan Gallagher alongside Lizzy Caplan as Alex Forrest. Amanda Peet will play Dan's wife Beth, who was portrayed by Archer in the film. Other stars of the series will include Toby Huss, Reno Wilson, Brain Goodman and Alyssa Jirrels, who will play an older version of Dan and Beth's daughter Ellen.

Alexandra Cunningham -- best known for her work on ABC's Desperate Housewives and Bravo's Dirty John -- is one of the developers for the show, and will co-write the first two episodes alongside Dearden.

The first three episodes of the miniseries are set to premiere on Paramount+ on April 30. The 1987 film is currently available to stream on Hulu.

Source: Total Film

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