Scoring good critical reviews but only middling box-office, 1991 comedy “Soapdish” is about to undergo the remake treatment over at Paramount Pictures says Pajiba.
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.
The new version is expected to take place behind the scenes of a telenovela with writers being presently sought. The question is will they be able to assemble a cast as talented as the last one? Downey & Goldberg recently admitted there’s a lot more improv in the original than you might expect.