Another New Remake: Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
by Ethan Anderton
June 14, 2010
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.
Sounds okay. Just hoping they don't remake Star Wars.
Daniel Felts on Jun 14, 2010
No. Just no, leave well enough alone.
Xerxex on Jun 14, 2010
What a coincidence... they actually played this on HBO around last week and thought to myself how kickass a remake of this would be. Looks like I got my wish.
adgfsfgd on Jun 14, 2010
Michel Gondry for Drop Dead Fred remake!
JP on Jun 14, 2010
@5...hilarious I still want to see Vin Diesel as the Suburban Commando!
peloquin on Jun 14, 2010
I would LOVE this for a remake! I grew up watching the original so i am all for it lol.
big r on Jun 14, 2010
Christ you're kidding! This is an awful idea. The original was cheesy at best in the 80s but a remake. Serious??!! Hollywood is just lazy. It's like someone just typed in 80s movie classics in Google and are just working their way through the list.
sonnychiba1 on Jun 15, 2010
Clover on Jun 15, 2010
Wow. This is insane. Seriously. From all the brand new scripts/screenplays that are submitted, some douche in a tie says... "oh! How about a remake of that... uh... Babysitter... Applegate?... YES! Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead!!! DO IT!!" I quit you Hollywood.
bozo on Jun 15, 2010
Dishes are done, dude.
Pfunk on Jun 15, 2010
no no no no no no no no no.
Deathtoll 2010 on Jun 15, 2010
"I'm right on top of that, Rose."
Outlaw on Jun 15, 2010
Is that why they are showing this movie every damn day on Comcast Cable in Baltimore./
Shaun on Jun 16, 2010
Enough with the remakes!!! good god!!!
ekko90 on Oct 2, 2010
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