The reboot we never knew we wanted: ‘American Gigolo’
When you name-check Richard Gere movies, a lot of obvious titles come to mind: An Officer and a Gentleman, Primal Fear, Pretty Woman, and of course, American Gigolo. Wait … what?
It turns out Hollywood has a soft spot for this somewhat forgotten 1980 movie, which starred Gere as a - you guessed it - high-priced male escort who is accused of a murder he didn’t commit. The film costarred Lauren Hutton and Hector Elizondo (his pal from Pretty Woman) and was a somewhat respectable hit that maintains a lukewarm 67 percent “fresh rating” on Rotten Tomatoes.
American Gigolo is probably best known for its use of the song Call Me, written by Debbie Harry and Giorgio Moroder, who handled the rest of the soundtrack as well.
That’s good enough for the trolls in cable TV these days, so Showtime has decided to remake American Gigolo as a TV movie, says The Hollywood Reporter. THR says the new movie will follow the same storyline but be set in modern times.
One thing in favor of the remake: Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the 1980 movie, will executive produce the Showtime reboot while Paul Schrader, who directed and wrote the original, is onboard as exec consultant.
We look forward to the general ambivalence that will surround it upon its release sometime in the near future.
TOP 5 MEMORABLE LINES FROM AMERICAN GIGOLO:
(... Yeah, right. None of those are printable on a family-friendly website.)