DreamWorks Plans Remake of 80's Body Switch Comedy 'All of Me'
No matter how many times it's done, the body switch comedy seems to be immortal in Hollywood. Whether it's the classic Freaky Friday or the remake with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, the Tom Hanks favorite Big, the alternate 80's body switch comedy Vice Versa with Fred Savage or the more recent attempt of The Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, people just keep trying it on for size. This time it's a remake of this formula happening again as Heat Vision reports DreamWorks is developing a remake of All of Me, the comedy that had Steve Martin injected with the spirit of Lily Tomlin. So it's a bit different.
Rather than having two people switch into each other's bodies, the original film from 1984 followed a dying millionairess who, in trying to achieve immortality, transfers her spirit into the body of a nebbish attorney, and the two must find a way to work together. Hilarity and confusion ensues. But now the story will see a man's spirit entering the body of a woman. Genius! This isn't the first time the film was the inspiration for a remake as New Line previously owned the rights and had Queen Latifah attached to the project.
As of now there's no acting talent attached, but Chronicle, Gulliver's Travels and The Heartbreak Kid producer John Davis is behind the project with The Vow screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein writing the remake. Though my interest will depend on who gets behind the camera for this project, ultimately, I think the draw for familiar projects like this comes from the cast. Audiences just like seeing their favorite stars doing a familiar story. That was part of the appeal of The Change-Up with two comedy powerhouses like Bateman and Reynolds squaring off. We'll have to see if this plot can work yet again.