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'About Last Night' set for remake



About Last Night remakeAbout Last Night is the latest '80s classic that Hollywood is wanting to sully with a remake, according to Entertainment Weekly. The 1986 film, starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, is coveted by Screen Gems, which is hot to rekindle the magic of the romantic comedy.

"There’s no script at this point, much less a pair of actors who have agreed to fill the roles of a young man and woman who are attempting to date despite their personal issues and disapproving friends," EW says. "But the interest is definitely there to dust off the movie and remake it for today’s audiences, insiders confirm."

The original movie was the big-screen version of the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, which oddly enough wasn't chosen as the title for the movie. While Lowe and Moore were already stars at this point, the film did put their co-star Jim Belushi in the spotlight, essentially turning his career red-hot.

(The irony is that movie producers originally wanted John Belushi to play the role of foul-mouthed friend Bernie Litgo. But Jim, who had played the role on stage, begged his big brother to turn it down so that he could have it. That's the urban legend anyway.)

Personally, and I know this is going to sound like a broken record, I think it's a bad idea. What's the point of remaking it? The story wasn't all that original. What made this movie so great was the chemistry between the actors ... and Belushi's great lines. The city of Chicago was a perfect setting for a movie back in the '80s, but today? I just don't see it as a wise investment -- creatively or financially.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:37pm]


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