Another New Remake: Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
With the success of remakes like Clash of the Titans earlier this year and The Karate Kid this past weekend, it looks like the 1980's is the new goldmine for Hollywood to start digging up the past and getting the rest of us dirty. With other 80's remakes like Fright Night and Arthur gaining steam and great casts, why not toss another remake onto the pile, but this one comes from the early 90's. Pajiba reports that the Mark Gordon Company is working on developing a remake of the '91 family comedy Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead with the project currently out to writers. You know what? This is a remake I can actually get behind.
First of all, the original isn't a comedy classic or anything, but growing up in the early 90's I have a certain amount of nostalgia for it. Second, if you haven't ever seen the movie, its plot is rife with plenty of comedic potential that could be used to make a more mature themed comedy. In the original film, five kids are left at home when their mother leaves town on a three-month vacation, only to have their geriatric babysitter die of a heart attack, leading to the eldest teen, Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate), to scam her way into taking a job at a hip Los Angeles fashion company to feed and support her needy siblings, and hijinks and hilarity ensue. There's plenty of young leading ladies like Greta Gerwig, Emma Roberts or Amber Heard who could step up for Applegate's part, so I'm interested to see how this comes together. Stay tuned as this project develops.