She's All That helped usher in a new era of teen movies, arriving at the tail end of the 90s and preceding American Pie by a couple of months. The film that originally starred Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook is getting the remake it deserves, as a new twist on the tale gears up at the Weinstein Company. Spike Lee's wife Tonya Lewis Lee will produce with acclaimed stage director Kenny Leon directing. It is not stated in the initial report, but it is expected that the main cast will be African-American. The Wrap calls it 'diverse' casting.
The Weinstein Company and Miramax released the original She's All That in January of 1999 after a fairly long drought of teen movies, kicking the popular 80s genre back into gear. The film grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Represenatives at Weinstein Co. did not immediately comment on this new take on the romantic comedy, and Miramax denied that a deal is on the table.
She's All That followed a high school jock, played by Freddie Prinze Jr., who makes a bet that he can turn a shy art student into his high school prom queen. This remake will follow the exact same premise. The movie was notable for first teaming up Freddie Prinze Jr. with Matthew Lillard, who would go onto collaborate in a number of movies throughout the 2000s. It also featured Paul Walker in a break out role, along with Kevin Pollak as a scene stealing dad who constantly gives the wrong answers while watching Jeopardy!. The screenplay was based on My Fair Lady, which was based on Pygmalion.
Tonya Lewis Lee and Kenny Leon last collaborated on the Hallmark Channel original movie The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Kenny Leon is also known for his 2012 remake of Steel Magnolias starring Queen Latifah. No casting details have been announced, but should begin in the next couple of weeks. No set release date is planned at this time, but we can expect to see the movie in late 2016 or early 2017.