When you look back at some of the biggest hits of the ’80s, one of the things that is always a bit surprising is just how huge comedies could be. Movies like Crocodile Dundee, Coming to America and Three Men and a Baby were bigger than most of the action movies of the day. Another late ’80s monster comedy hit was Look Who’s Talking, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley as new parents and featuring Bruce Willis as the inner voice of baby Mikey. It made almost $300 million worldwide in 1989, which seems pretty unlikely in this day and age and yet for some reason Sony is about to reboot it. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer) will write and direct a new version of Look Who’s Talking for Sony Screen Gems with Adam Fields producing. Garelick had this to say about the project:
“What excited me about doing [this] 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.”
Unsurprisingly, they are aiming to give the new movie a more diverse cast, which is probably the most obvious way to update it for modern audiences. That being said, I still don’t know if I see this premise having the same appeal it once did (even the two sequels that followed in the ’90s could not replicate the success of the original). I suppose it will really depend on the cast. Are you game for a Look Who’s Talking reboot?