As I predicted earlier today based on the success of Karate Kid, 80s remakes of family films are likely to be a big upcoming trend. Adults aren’t overall that inclined to see a remake of one of their favorite adult movies, while the brand identity associated with most 80’s movies doesn’t extend heavily to the younger generation. However, the line where demographics meets massive profitability seems to be where adults can introduce that younger generation to new iteration of their favorite films growing up. It’s called the family outing, folks. And Hollywood studios love family outings — that’s four prices of admission instead of two for couples and one for the lonely geeks (see: Kick Ass).
Add Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead to the pile of 80s remakes now in development. It’s kind of the perfect movie to remake, too. It was fun movie for my generation, one that I have fond memories of, but I don’t feel violated by a remake and understand that the original wasn’t very good in the first place, so it’s difficult to mess it up too terribly. The best part of Don’t Tell Mom these days, in fact, is watching it again to see the very early (and cheesy) work of David Duchovny and Josh Charles.
Mark Gordon, via his The Mark Gordon Company, is producing the remake. Development just began on the film, and it’s now out to writers.
For the unfamiliar, Don’t Tell Mom was kind of a rip-off of Home Alone, only instead of leaving one child behind for a weekend, the parents here left their three children behind for the summer. With an elderly babysitter. Who died. The oldest teenage daughter (Christina Applegate) — in order to maintain her summer of freedom — thus decided to lie her way into an executive position with a fashion designer. Awesomeness ensues.
Here’s hoping Christina Applegates cameos as the mom.
(Source: The Hollywood Cog)
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