Twenty-one months after it was first reported that Beyonce Knowles would partner with director Clint Eastwood to remake "A Star Is Born," the actress-singer-icon has dropped out of the film. According to Variety, Knowles was too busy to make the scheduling work -- not that "A Star Is Born" even had a start date.
Since being announced by Deadline.com's Nikki Finke, the project has gone through a number of fits and starts, from being delayed due to Beyonce's pregnancy to an inability to cast a leading man. Actors from Russell Crowe to Christian Bale to Leonardo DiCaprio to Tom Cruise to Bradley Cooper were mentioned as possible leads at one point, with even the likes of Will Smith, Jon Hamm and Beyonce's husband Jay-Z floated as well.
Produced three times previously, most recently in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in the leading roles, "A Star Is Born" tells the story of a rising young singer and the fading rock star who launches her career. (The 1937 version of "A Star Is Born" focused on a young actress, but the plot basically remained the same; 2011 Best Picture winner "The Artist" also borrowed heavily from the structure of "A Star Is Born," but was not a remake.)
Written by Will Fetters, the male character in Eastwood's version of "A Star Is Born" was at least partially inspired by Kurt Cobain.
"That was like my Kennedy assassination when I was a teenager,"Fetters said about Cobain's death. "When he died it was a huge horrible thing. So [as] I approached 'A Star is Born,' for me, the framework was 'All right, if Kurt Cobain never got to go Unplugged and survived and it's 20 years later and it's now, and he wanted to try to do that album with that understanding as this grunge icon. That'd be tough to get done if he was past his prime, no longer selling, how does he get that album?'"
The better question might be: How does he get that movie? Eastwood -- last seen in the middling film "Trouble With the Curve" -- is still apparently keen to make "A Star Is Born," but with no actor, actress or start date, it could be a while.
For more on "A Star Is Born," including the singer Eastwood might want to hire in lieu of Beyonce, head over to Variety.
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15: Rapper Jay-Z (L) and singer Beyonce Knowles sit in the audience during the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia play during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Musician Jay-Z and singer Beyonce attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Musician Jay-Z and singer Beyonce attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Jay-Z (L) and singer Beyonce Knowles during the 2011 NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
US singer Beyonce and her husband US rap singer Jay-Z watch the men's final match between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Sweden's Robin Soderling in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 6, 2010, in Paris. AFP PHOTO PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 07: Singers Beyonce and Jay-Z sit courtside during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 7, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z during the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th US president in Washington on January 20, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Singers Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 18: Music artists Jay-Z (L) and Beyonce Knowles watch the 2007 NBA All-Star Game February 18, 2007 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage at Conde Nast Media Group's Third Annual Fashion Rocks Concert at Radio City Music Hall September 7, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
MIAMI - APRIL 11: Rapper/producer Jay-Z and singer Beyonce Knowles attend a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat on April 11, 2006 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Raptors 106-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 23: (EXCLUSIVE) (L-R) Singer Beyonce Knowles poses with Jay-Z at the 'Beyonce: Beyond the Red Carpet auction presented by Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles along with the House of Dereon to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation June 23, 2005 in New York City. The exhibition will showcase 18-24 costumes worn by Beyonce chronicling her film, television and video appearances. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Rapper Jay-Z and girlfriend Beyonce Knowles arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 27, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z arrive at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
DENVER - FEBRUARY 20: Rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce Knowles attend the 2005 NBA All Star Game at the Pepsi Center on February 20, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 29: Rapper/producer and nominee Jay-Z and singer Beyonce Knowles arrive at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 29, 2004 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 8: Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z perform on stage during the first day of the 'The Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival' at Earls Court, on May 8, 2004 in London. The two-day show is the UK's largest ever urban music event and is backed by the royal charity. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Beyonce Knowles and boyfriend Jay Z attend the 2004 NBA All-Star Game held at the Staples Center, February 15, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: (NY DAILIES OUT) Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage at the Z100 Jingle Ball 2003 at Madison Square Garden December 11, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce Knowles are seen at the Rosa Cha by Amir Slama Spring/Summer 2004 Collection at Bryant Park during the 7th on Sixth Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 13, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Jay Z and Beyonce perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - SEPTEMBER 5: Singer Beyonce Knowles and boyfriend Jay Z attend the womens semi-finals at the 2003 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium September 5, 2003 at the USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)