Steve Pink in Talks to Direct Comedic 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago'
by Ben Pearson
August 9, 2012
The 80's remake train is still blasting full steam ahead through Hollywood, with everything from Red Dawn to Robocop riding the wave of nostalgia straight to the big screen in shiny new packages (but at least Gremlins is safe…for now). Deadline reports that the About Last Night… is the latest victim in the trend, but the remake will go under the name of David Mamet's original play on which it's based, Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Accepted and Hot Tub Time Machine helmer Steve Pink is in talks to direct, and while the original cast featured mostly white actors, this version will star today's hottest African-American talent.
Rob Lowe and Demi Moore starred in the original as two expert singles whose lives are turned upside down when they fall for each other, while Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins played their respective best friends. Will Packer, the producer of Think Like A Man, is on board to produce this alongside Easy A writer/director Will Gluck, and the cast seems to be a Think Like A Man reunion with Michael Ealy taking over for Lowe, Kevin Hart taking Belushi's part, and Regina Hall tackling Perkins' original role. The female lead has yet to be cast, but may I suggest Meagan Good's name to round out the reunion?
From a business standpoint, it's hard to fault Screen Gems for trying to capitalize on the surprise box office success of Think Like A Man, but as a consumer, it's depressing to continually see studios returning to their older works in the hope of capitalizing on some imagined interest in the property. About Last Night… isn't even that well-known of a movie, and switching the title almost guarantees that fans of the original won't immediately recognize it, so why even do a remake in the first place? Put this cast together, sure, but how about giving them something fresh to work with instead of bogging them down with previously-mined mediocre content? Hopefully this will end up just being loosely inspired by the movie (and the play) so these talented actors will be able to have some breathing room and make this version their own. Thoughts?
Funnily enough I have a poster for this play on the wall of my office. Saw it in London a few years ago starring Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria, Minnie Driver and Kelly Reilly. Was excellent, and would love to see a less 'brat-packy' movie version.
John Madden on Aug 10, 2012
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