Thanks to the release of Furious 7, Paul Walker's name has been in a lot of headlines as of late, but now it's time for a very different story about the actor's body of work. That's because he played one of the male leads in 1999's romantic dramedy She's All That, and now new reports have popped up announcing that the film is getting a remake.
News of this project comes to us from The Wrap, which says that the project is being developed by The Weinstein Company and Miramax and already has some interesting names attached. Tonya Lewis Lee, who is the wife of director Spike Lee, is on board to produce the film, while Kenny Leon is set to helm. As a filmmaker, Leon is best known for his TV movie work, having previously made 2008's A Raisin in the Sun and 2012's Steel Magnolias.
In the original She's All That, Freddie Prinze Jr. starred as Zack Siler, a high school jock and ladies man who gets dumped by his girlfriend in the weeks leading up to prom. Publicly embarrassed, he claims that he could turn any girl in school into a prom queen. This provokes his buddy Dean Sampson (Paul Walker) to bet him that he can't perform this transformation on Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook), a socially-awkward girl with glasses and paint covered overalls. Of course, while his initial interest in her is only to win a bet, he eventually begins to fall for the girl she is inside.
Admittedly, calling this new project a remake of She's All That seems like of silly. After all, that film was really just a 1990s version of My Fair Lady, which was in turn was based on the stage play Pygmalion from 1913. Presumably this new version is going to be seen as this same tale told for a new generation - but is there really a lot more that needs to be said with this story? Especially when it was just 16 years ago that we last saw the plot on the big screen.
If this new project is planning to one-up She's All That, one area in which it has a lot to compete with is in its cast. In addition to the trio of names mentioned earlier, the supporting cast also included Kevin Pollak, Matthew Lillard, Anna Paquin, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Usher Raymond, Lil’ Kim, Gabrielle Union, Dule Hill, Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Clea DuVall, Tim Matheson and Alexis Arquette. The new film obviously isn't near the casting process just yet, as that likely won't happen until just before production is about to begin, but we'll be following it to see how it progresses.
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