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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 26, 2008 |

There are some films you don’t remake simply because everyone’s so goddamn tired of remakes. There are other films that you don’t remake because you can’t improve on the original. And there are yet other films that you don’t remake because the original’s success rested largely on the cast and no mush-mouthed Generation Douchebag fill-in or Apatowian one-trick jackass is gonna be able to take the place of a goddamn comic legend like Steve Martin 1.0 (any middle-aged schlep who can make his eyes well up on command could replace Steve Martin 2.0).

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels falls decidedly in the latter category. It wasn’t a particularly great movie narrative-wise, but it worked because of the combined talents and (strange) chemistry of Steve Martin and Michael Caine. You can’t replicate that, even if you do hire one of the better screenwriters in the business to try. Steve Pink (High Fidelity, Grosse Point Blanke) has been brought into write the script for the remake, though I’ve become increasingly annoyed with the notion of taking a lot of credit for basically changing the allusions and setting and collecting a paycheck.

The original was about a couple of con men who try to work together, only to realize that the town isn’t big enough for them. So, they agree to a loser’s bet: The loser splits. Hilarity ensues. Granted, the 1988 DRS was actually a remake of a 1964 Marlon Brando film (replace con men with gigolos), but that was on instance where a remake was actually warranted, because they only used the premise, and also it starred Steve fucking Martin 1.0.

Apparently, the remake is attracting “top tier” talent. I smell McConaughey and Stiller. Also, this is another in MGM’s slew of upcoming remakes, including Robocop, Red Dawn, Fame and Poltergeist.

Dirty Rotten Assholes

Remake Hell/ Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 26, 2008 |

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