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Rebel Wilson is set to swindle in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake

08.04.2016

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MGM has another remake on tap. This time they're putting a different twist on DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and they've recruited Rebel Wilson to be at the center of it. 

The 1988 original, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine (which, in itself was a remastering of the 1964 Marlon Brando-David Niven film BEDTIME STORY) featured two con men trying to bilk an heiress out of her fortune. This time, it'll be two women scammers - one high class and the other definitely not - going after a clueless tech genius and his big bucks. I think you can safely assume which Wilson will play, since she's done versions of that trashy character already in other films. 

Jac Schaeffer will be writing the screenplay for the property, which was also revisited as a stage musical back in 2004.

This isn't the first redo that Wilson is a part of it, as she's been attached to a PRIVATE BENJAMIN remake for a few minutes in the role Goldie Hawn made famous back 36 years ago. And while I'm sure the familiar refrain of "Why do they have to keep remaking everything?" is levied against this picture, it is refreshing to see Hollywood finally embracing a bit of diversity in films period as it pertains to females in more starring roles. It's baby steps for a slow-moving industry that is now finally getting that if you make a movie with women at the front end, people will go out and see them. Unfortunately, since the studios have blinders on to anything that isn't an established name, brand or title right now, this is what we've got. Let's hope they make the most of it.

  

Source: Variety

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7:45AM on 08/05/2016
I don't know who is more annoying - Melissa McCarthy or Rebel Wilson.
I don't know who is more annoying - Melissa McCarthy or Rebel Wilson.
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9:42PM on 08/04/2016
If I were a woman and a feminist I would consider this need to constantly piggyback on already made films involving male characters to be pretty insulting and not at all empowering. But that's just my male skewed take on it. Apart from that. another complete waste of time remake I won't watch.
If I were a woman and a feminist I would consider this need to constantly piggyback on already made films involving male characters to be pretty insulting and not at all empowering. But that's just my male skewed take on it. Apart from that. another complete waste of time remake I won't watch.
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9:16PM on 08/04/2016
fuck. me.
fuck. me.
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8:25PM on 08/04/2016

Oh for fuck's sake

In the last month, I have thought there was an April Fool's article at least once each week.
Big Trouble in Little China remake? Why? Mary Poppins sequel?! "A young african-american female pilot" for Rocketeer (why put that description into the movie synopsis itself? It is screaming "LOOKIT us! We're ethnically diverse! Really!")?!?! Now, Rebel Wilson having a chance to annoy the ever-loving FUCK out of the audience again - in another remake that no one wants or needs?! Heck, the premise is
In the last month, I have thought there was an April Fool's article at least once each week.
Big Trouble in Little China remake? Why? Mary Poppins sequel?! "A young african-american female pilot" for Rocketeer (why put that description into the movie synopsis itself? It is screaming "LOOKIT us! We're ethnically diverse! Really!")?!?! Now, Rebel Wilson having a chance to annoy the ever-loving FUCK out of the audience again - in another remake that no one wants or needs?! Heck, the premise is simple; no need to follow the original movie's themes and jokes; that's just lazy. Let's hope they "do their own thing" with it.
And let's hope they realize that Rebel Wilson is not funny.
Man, this shit has really gotten outta hand.
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6:31PM on 08/04/2016

Fucking talentless, unfunny hack

This is just a horrible decision. Does Hollywood NOT understand that ALL of her movies bomb, her TV show got cancelled super fast and she is just box office poison???

This is another classic movie getting the remake (shemake?) and they are just using the cheapest people they can find instead of ACTUALLY FUNNY WOMEN!! Fuck this.
This is just a horrible decision. Does Hollywood NOT understand that ALL of her movies bomb, her TV show got cancelled super fast and she is just box office poison???

This is another classic movie getting the remake (shemake?) and they are just using the cheapest people they can find instead of ACTUALLY FUNNY WOMEN!! Fuck this.
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9:43PM on 08/04/2016
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
9:44PM on 08/04/2016
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
9:44PM on 08/04/2016
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
9:44PM on 08/04/2016
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
9:44PM on 08/04/2016
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
9:44PM on 08/04/2016
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
LOL, shemake, brilliant term!
6:13PM on 08/04/2016
Rebel Wilson is a terrible actress. I really dislike everything she does.
Rebel Wilson is a terrible actress. I really dislike everything she does.
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5:05PM on 08/04/2016

Spoilers

Also this whole thing of remaking comedies with women in the lead roles as some kind of feminist movement...the original had the female lead out swindle the two con men... will they reverse that here? Will they still call this Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?
Also this whole thing of remaking comedies with women in the lead roles as some kind of feminist movement...the original had the female lead out swindle the two con men... will they reverse that here? Will they still call this Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?
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4:58PM on 08/04/2016
And adapt it with Norbert Leo But and Jonathan Lithgow or Pryce!
And adapt it with Norbert Leo But and Jonathan Lithgow or Pryce!
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4:58PM on 08/04/2016
Butz*
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4:14PM on 08/04/2016
Why remake the movie (specially one that's already a remake) when you can adapt the stage musical?
Why remake the movie (specially one that's already a remake) when you can adapt the stage musical?
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5:14PM on 08/04/2016
The stage musical was received with mixed results, so doubtful there'd be much interest in that approach.
The stage musical was received with mixed results, so doubtful there'd be much interest in that approach.
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