MGM breathes new life into Dirty Rotten Scoundrels…again

Despite a recent Variety article which says that MGM has a $3.7 billion debt that it’s trying to get refinanced before 2012, the studio is trucking along with their plans to remake Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a 1988 story about two con men who were originally played by Steve Martin and Michael Caine, which itself was a remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story, starring David Niven and Marlon Brando. It must have been too good of a story to pass up, because Scoundrels was also turned into a Broadway musical starring such movie and TV stars as John Lithgow and Keith Carradine—along with some other bonafide Broadway stars, but this isn’t a musicals blog, is it?

Anyway, writer/director Steve Pink (High Fidelity) has been tapped to draft the remake, and told Hollywood Reporter that he’ll be updating the film to be a surprise for the audience who has seen this and other con man films at least three times before…and will again with the limited release of The Brothers Bloom on December 19. The inclusion of the words “Internet-era” in the HR article scare me, though.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 05:47 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by traci
    on 2008-10-02 at 06:10

    oh man, oh man. i hope they do this musical style, like hairspray or producers.

    movie made musical made into a movie musical.
    I freaking love Norbert Leo Butz (the broadway star that doesn’t need mentioning :/ ) and it would be amazing to see him on a big screen.

  2. Written by D.Bethel
    on 2008-10-02 at 12:51

    Don’t mean to be a buzz-kill, but I think you mean 1988 instead of 1998.

  3. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-10-02 at 13:08

    Yes. Yes, I did. *fixed, slinks off in shame*

  4. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-10-02 at 13:14

    @traci: I’m also a huge Broadway musicals fan, but when it comes to movies of musicals, I feel as if there’s nothing I can do but to quote from “[title of show]”:

    A Blank Page: A lot of times, musicals are based on books like “The Scarlet Pimpernel” or “Lestat.” And other times, they’re based on plays like “Picnic,” which became “Hot September.” But more recently, musicals have been based on movies like “My Favorite Year,” “Footloose,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Big,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Wedding Singer,” “The Full Monty,” “The Producers,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Hairspray,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Billy Elliot,” “Spam-a-lot”…
    Jeff: Wow! So movies make good musicals?
    A Blank Page: Well, they make musicals.

  5. Written by MaskedVigilante
    on 2008-10-02 at 18:37

    If Steve Pink is writing, I’d say look for Cusack to star.

  6. Written by BlueNight
    on 2008-10-03 at 21:13

    Ooooh. I want Cusack.

    With Anthony Hopkins as the older gentleman. Or Danny Kaye. Or Steve Martin. Or Harrison Ford. Or (shudder) Alan Rickman. (That would get the stench of Snape off of him.)

    How could they ever beat the soundtrack for the Michael Caine/Steve Martin version, though?

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