This Week's Unnecessary Remake: Soapdish from Paramount

May 25, 2010
Source: Pajiba


Someone turned on the remake machine again this week, after all it's been a few days since we heard about another remake, and this time its Pajiba with the scoop on Paramount Pictures remake of the '91 ensemble comedy Soapdish that starred Kevin Kline, Sally Field, Robert Downey Jr, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher and Elisabeth Shue. Though the original took place in the world of soap operas, this remake will apparently center around a telenova, though I'm pretty sure that's just a BS buzz word to avoid negative connotations that come with soap operas. As of now, this is still early only in development, as it just went out to writers.

So who's ready for another all-star ensemble comedy where each star has around only 10 to 15 minutes of screentime? If you're unfamiliar with the original comedy directed by Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day) here's the synopsis for you courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes:

Celeste Talbert (Sally Field) is the neurotic diva of "The Sun Also Sets," but her popularity with the show's fans does not extend to her relationships with her envious co-stars. Sultry Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty) has set her eyes on the soap's top spot, and she even offers to sleep with the show's nervous young producer if he'll have Celeste written off the program. In a moment of inspiration, the horny executive decides to bring Talbert's hated ex-lover, Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline), back onto the series, with the hope of driving the fragile star to an early retirement. The fact that Anderson's character was decapitated in an earlier episode is seen as a difficult, but not insurmountable, obstacle.

We have no idea how similar this remake will be to the original, and since there isn't even a script for this yet, I don't think anybody else does either. What we do know is that Rob Reiner will be producing alongside one of the film's original producers Alan Greisman who has also produced many of Reiner's recent films like Alex & Emma and The Bucket List. Frankly, this smells like another excuse for the studio to bring in money based on the success of film's like Valentine's Day and other equally mediocre ensemble flicks. I guess that's why it's called "show business" and not "show me the best ideas you have." I guess we'll keep you updated?

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I think the word is "telenovela" - not "telenova". If that's the case, I actually think that this remake could be better than the original. We all are at least tangentially familiar with the ridiculous Spanish-language soap operas ("telenovelas") with super-hot Latinas, dudes with awesome Magnum P.I. moustaches, and plot twists that make U.S. soaps seem tame by comparison. I think putting this movie in that setting could give it some new life and really push it over the top. Or it could totally suck. Probably the latter.

Telenovela = better movie? on May 25, 2010


Yeah I agree with number 1, it's an part of the subgenre of remake the "ethnic graft remake".

Linkfx on May 25, 2010


@ #1, Yeah, I was thinking that too, but since they made reference to it several times as a "telenova" that's what we went with. I'm sure we'll find out once the project gets announced down the line. Being centered on a telenovela would certainly add a new layer of comedy, but I'm just not very interested.

Ethan Anderton on May 26, 2010

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