Don’t tell mom they’re remaking DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD
And so it begins. THE KARATE KID may be the first beloved 80s movie to strike gold at the box office in recent history, but it will surely not be the last. Remakes of RED DAWN, FOOTLOOSE, SHORT CIRCUIT, and even PORKY'S are all in various stages of development. While these are only a few of the bigger titles, the list is rapidly growing, with every producer in the business hoping to find buried treasure, hopefully within a U.S. film from the years 1982 to 1992.
One such treasure hunter, veteran producer Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, 2012), has made his first discovery, and only time will tell if it turns out to be buried treasure, or just some cheap, meaningless replica. The film is the under-appreciated DON'T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER'S DEAD, originally starring Christina Applegate, Josh Charles, and David Duchovny, which told the story of one girl's attempt to grow up a little early, and take care of her siblings while their mother is away, since the elderly babysitter left to watch over them...passed. This project is just entering development, so there's no word on writers, director, cast or anything...just the fact that Gordon wants to get this made.
While the original was a delightful look at the balance of the ambition and the irresponsibility of youth, which of course included a generic love story sub-plot (like virtually every movie from this era), it's nothing sacred. It begs the question: what makes for better source material in the Hollywood remake game? Blockbusters that nearly everyone saw and loved, or smaller films that only developed cult followings?
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