Hollywood is no longer remaking the best the past has to offer. They’re simply remaking films from the past. That’s it. No prerequisite needed. Paramount has just announced their plans to remake the 1991 comedy Soap Dish, which starred everyone under the sun including Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Kline, Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, and Teri Hatcher.
According to THR, actor and now apparently screenwriter Ben Schwartz will pen the script for the remake of Soap Dish. The original film was a parody of the soap opera genre that showed the actors’ real lives filled with as much drama as their TV alter egos. Schwartz has previously written for the comedy series “Robot Chicken” and he won an Emmy in 2009 for co-writing Hugh Jackman’s opening number for the 81st Academy Awards.
We’re not necessarily upset at Schwartz for taking on the property (who’s going to turn down a job?), but the studio for giving him the go-ahead. What’s the purpose behind this? The soap opera genre is dying. Two of the longest running soaps on television have been cancelled within the last two years. This seems more than a little out of place.
What do you think of a Soap Dish remake?