That's because the studio is set to film a remake of the 1991 cult comedy, only with a twist: according to Pajiba, the new version "will be a Latino remake" that takes place on the set of a telenovela rather than a traditional American soap opera, with hitmaker Rob Reiner set to produce. When you hear the title 'Soapdish,' what do you think of? Nothing? Well, have no fear, because if Paramount has anything to say about it, you won't have to be a 'Jeopardy' champion to know what 'Soapdish' is for much longer. You may, however, have to speak Spanish.
That's because the studio is set to film a remake of the 1991 cult comedy, only with a twist: According to Pajiba, the new version "will be a Latino remake" that takes place on the set of a telenovela rather than a traditional American soap opera, with hitmaker Rob Reiner set to produce.
Considering the sad state of the soap opera business -- 'Guiding Light,' for instance, was forced to shut down last year after 72 years in production -- the decision to re-frame the story in the increasingly popular world of telenovelas seems like a stroke of genius. Assuming, of course, you're going to remake 'Soapdish's' story of behind the scenes drama in the soap world at all.
And a new version of 'Soapdish' isn't exactly a no-brainer. While the original film was well-received critically thanks in large part to a stellar ensemble cast that included luminaries such as Robert Downey Jr, Sally Field and Kevin Kline among others, it was only a modest box office success, bringing in $36 million. On the plus side, rebooting the franchise as a Latino feature does allow Paramount to tap into both the burgeoning telenovela fan base as well as the relatively cheap to produce ensemble market; that genre has been on the rise recently with hits such as 'Valentine's Day,' which was a box office smash on the strength of its cast despite universally scathing reviews.
But are there enough Latino stars with crossover appeal to make this a mainstream hit? Or will Paramount need to count on international box office numbers from sympathetic markets such as South America to turn a profit? We're not sure, but we're guessing that if anyone can figure it out it's Reiner, whose track record of hits such as 'When Harry met Sally' and 'The Bucket List' suggests he knows what he's doing.
So who is going to star in the new 'Jabonera'? Personally, we'd love to see a cast that includes some of Hollywood's many excellent Latino character actors, like Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba, perhaps directed by Mexican-American auteur Robert Rodriguez.
But what do you think? Is remaking 'Soapdish' as a telenovela a good idea? Or should Hollywood focus on coming up with new ideas for once? Vote below and let us know how you feel.
|Yes, this is a brilliant idea!||21 (36.2%)|
|No, this is a terrible plan!||33 (56.9%)|
|What's 'Soapdish?'||4 (6.9%)|