Ben Schwartz To Pen “Soapdish” Remake

Actor-writer Ben Schwartz has been hired to write the remake of the 1991 comedy “Soapdish” at Paramount Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The original followed the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a popular soap opera where the aging ‘Queen of Daytime’ Celeste Talbot (Sally Field) finds her life turned upside down by an ambitious producer (Robert Downey Jr.), a jealous actress (Cathy Moriarty), and both her niece (Elisabeth Shue) and her ex-flame (Kevin Kline) who end up working on the show. Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, Teri Hatcher, Kathy Najimy and Garry Marshall also starred.

Though it earned a mere $18 million in the US, the comedy pulled in a strong $68 million take in international territories – not bad considering it cost a mere $7 million to make. It’s also a film that’s actually improved with age thanks to its often outlandish touches seeming much more reasonable considering today’s daytime soap opera landscape.

Alan Greisman, who helped produce the original will return as producer and is joined this time by Rob Reiner.