If you’re ultra-anxious to see the new version of the MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (or you’re a retired shoe-bomber with a lot of spare time on your hands), you may want to check out A&E’s web site devoted to the new movie: http://www.aande.com/tv/shows/ambersons/
I’ve only read bits of it so far, but I have noticed a few things that would indicate that the people involved with the production are not especially well-informed. For instance, in the short bio they give of Orson, it states: “Citizen Kane is not the only Orson Welles film to be considered outstanding these days -- Touch Of Evil, The Third Man, and yes, The Magnificent Ambersons, are among those that…[etc.]” There is also a short interview of James Cromwell, who will be playing Major Amberson in the new movie, and of his several harsh criticisms of the original movie, one is that the movie “has very little to do with the book.” He then states, “I haven't read the book.” (Can I therefore infer from this little admission that his other comments about the movie were also uneducated opinions?)
I’m sure there are a number of intelligent people involved with the new movie, but what I’m reading so far isn’t doing much to raise my expectations about its quality. I’ll certainly hold off purchasing a copy of the movie for the time being (which is already available in both VHS and DVD).