Yet another classic movie is getting the reboot. It's been revealed that Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures, is in the early stages of developing a Look Who's Talking reboot. The original 1989 comedy was a huge hit and now, thirty years later, the studio is hoping they can modernize the concept and cash in on the idea with current moviegoers. Jeremy Garelick, who previously helmed The Wedding Ringer, which starred Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, will serve as writer and director.
According to a new report, Jeremy Garelick is just now getting underway writing the new take, so this is very early days. Adam Fields (Donnie Darko) is on board as a key producer. At the present time, there are no specific details regarding how Garelick intends to adapt the story for modern times, it's said that he intends to allow for a diverse cast in this version. The filmmaker had this to say in a statement.
"What excited me about doing is, I have four kids, including twins, and this is something they can watch, and share some of the experience I had with my wife. Like, figuring out how to raise these kids, with all the mistakes that happen. Add in the voices that are keyed to facial expressions, it just really seems like a fun idea. Everyone can relate to babies. The challenge is, that was a really good movie, Travolta and Kirstie Alley had great chemistry and Amy Heckerling wrote a great script. We're in the early stages of figuring out what the story is for the modern version of the movie."
The original Look Who's Talking, very basically, centered on a woman (played by Kirstie Alley) who wound up being a single mother after giving birth to a child who was fathered by a married man. Then a cab driver (played by John Travolta) enters the mix and becomes a father figure to the baby. The gimmick is that the baby was voiced by Bruce Willis and the audience was clued into his thoughts and perspective on the world the whole time.
At the time, Looks Who's Talking was a massive hit. Made for a tiny $7.5 million, the movie went on to gross $297 million worldwide. It spawned two, albeit less successful, sequels in Look Who's Talking Too (which featured Rosanne Barr as the voice of a new addition to the family) and Look Who's Talking Now. Amy Heckerling wrote and directed the original.
Jeremy Garelick hasn't directed another theatrically released feature since 2015's The Wedding Ringer. However, that movie, also made for Screen Gems, was a solid hit, bringing in $79 million. There is no word yet on who the studio is possibly eyeing to star. Again, this is very early days for the project and a lot could happen between now and filming. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any additional information is made available. This news was first reported by Deadline.