” An American gold-digger finds herself penniless in Paris. But when impersonating a baroness, she finds several ways to make money. If only she can avoid stepping into the same trap she always does- falling in love with a poor man”
And so goes the premise for the 1939 comedy staring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche and John Barrymore. Why do I mention this?
Well only because Reese Witherspoon will star in Universal Pictures' remake of it, which is being directed by 'Little Miss Sunshine' Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt .
So what do you follow up you Original Screenplay Oscar with? A Remake.
Don’t get me wrong, I think adapting a novel or play to the screen take a tremendous amount of work to pull successfully, as does an original screenplay, but remakes?
Most of the ground work is done and the whole plot is layed out for you so it should be smooth sailing. Granted there are remakes that have worked amazingly well. ‘Freaky Friday’ was one of them and King Kong was another but I am stumped to come up with more (hung over so please help me out in the comments). With all these wonderful books to adapt and ideas to write about, can we not leave some of the classic films alone and concentrate on telling the stories that have not all ready been put on celluloid?