They don't make movies like All of Me anymore. Except they do, because Dreamworks is working on a remake of the classic comedy as we speak. The original film starred Steve Martin as a lawyer whose recently-deceased client, Lily Tomlin, winds up possessing the right side of his body. Yup, just his right side, giving the legendary comedian many hilarious and unique opportunities for slapstick. You'd think that would be an easy pitch to audiences, but the original marketing department didn't think so. Just look at the poster they used to advertise the film back in 1984:
Wow. They must have thought that was a tough sell. Dreamworks is going to have a hard time replacing Martin and Tomlin in the lead roles, especially since Hollywood Reporter declares that they're swapping genders for the remake. In other words, a man is going to possess the right side of a female comedian's body. Considering the dearth of female comedy leads in Hollywood, this means the new All of Me is going to be working overtime to sign Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, Drew Barrymore or possibly Jennifer Garner this time around. (Or possibly Queen Latifah, who was considered for the lead back when New Line had the rights.) And whoever they get is going to have to endure a whole lot of "I've got boobies now" jokes.
No director has been attached yet, but the screenplay is being written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who previously brought you the surprised Channing Tatum hit The Vow and the deeply uncomfortable romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, about Drew Barrymore going undercover in a high school and falling in love with one of her teachers, who gets the girl even though that means he was seriously considering statutory rape before he found out her real age. Ew.
CraveOnline will be back with more All of Me news after we take out the little fireman.