If you're the type of person who gets all worked up over remakes, today is not your day. And if you're the type of in-no-way-misogynistic film purist who just happens to get unreasonably (some might even say suspiciously!) upset over genderswapping in remakes? Hoo, boy. Sit down, because today's gonna be a doozy.
MGM is developing a remake of the 1988 comedy classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Rebel Wilson attached to star.
The updated remake brings con artistry to the 21st century — two female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune.
Yes. They're remaking Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Yes, this version of the film will have lady-scoundrels instead of boy-scoundrels. Yes, Rebel Wilson.
A few things to keep in mind. For one, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is itself a remake (of 1964's Bedtime Story). For another, this genderswapping trend is only going to continue, so if that practice sends you storming off to Twitter, trembling with impotent rage even as you assure everyone around you that this has nothing at all to do with your fragile masculinity, you should probably go ahead and get signed up for professional counseling now, before anything serious occurs. And for a third: yes, I hear you on the Rebel Wilson thing. It is unfortunate.
There's no definitive timeline on when the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake might arrive - it's still being developed - but we'll keep you informed as updates arrive. Please take this as an opportunity to revist the Steve Martin/Michael Caine Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is legitimately one of the funniest movies ever made.