Anne Hathaway is in talks to sign on to an upcoming remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that sounds about as rotten as every other remake on the radar for 2017.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the Oscar-winner is in discussions over a potential role alongside Rebel Wilson in an all-female remake of the Steve Martin/Michael Caine con artist comedy caper.
But it’s the specific details surrounding the project that should have fans worried.
According to THR, the film is set to be released under the title “Nasty Women” with the plot focusing on two female con artists, from opposite sides of the tracks, who team up to con a tech prodigy out of his fortune.
Following the current trend for gender-bending reboots, the casting of Hathaway and Wilson – two gifted comedic actresses – is not the real source of concern.
It’s more the decision to not only change the name, making it possibly the most pointless remake yet, but also the decision to focus it in the world of tech. Because that decision worked so well for The Internship. And the Intern, which Hathaway was actually in.
Mind you, that is unlikely to prevent the same fan boys that balked at the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters line-up from voicing their disgust at the plans.
First released in late 1988, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels became something of a cult classic, with Martin and Caine enjoying some notable on-screen chemistry alongside co-star Glenne Headly.
Adapted into a musical with the same name, the film’s popularity has grown in the years since.
With the remake set to be written by Jac Schaeffer, a female writer best known for the 2009 cult romantic sci-fi movie Timer, Nasty Women could yet surprise.
But in month where plans for White Men Can’t Jump and Snatch remakes have hit the headlines, it’s becoming a depressingly familiar formula for filmmakers to return to existing properties rather than exploring fresh ideas.
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