Brett Ratner Producing Remake Of The Flamingo Kid

Tired of remakes yet? I sure hope not, because Brett Ratner has a brand new one in store for you. The Rush Hour director is now set to produce a remake of The Flamingo Kid, based on the Garry Marshall movie from 1984 starring Matt Dillon, Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, Jessica Walter and Janet Jones. Walt Disney Pictures is housing the project and Ratner will be producing via his Rat Entertainment Banner.

According to Deadline, the script is being written by Nzingha Stewart, who executive produced Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls and has directed music videos for artists such as Jay-Z and 50 Cent. The original film starred Dillon as Jeffrey Willis, a young high school graduate who isn't sure which direction he wants to take his life, though his family is pressuring him to go to college. During the summer he takes a job at the Flamingo Club and meets the club's owner, Phil Brody (Crenna). Jeffrey begins to see Phil as his mentor - introducing him to a life of popularity, riches, fast cars and beautiful women. His image of Phil comes crumbling down, however, when he discovers an important flaw in his boss' character.

Michael Phillips, who produced the original film, is serving on the remake as well. Before backing the coming of age story, Phillips garnered a great reputation in Hollywood, producing movies like Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Sting. The Flamingo Kid remake will be his first movie since 2007's The Last Mimzy.

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