Can we stop remaking iconic films, please?
It’s hard to describe it, but I feel this intense feeling to protect the iconic films, television shows and music of my generation. Remakes are nothing new, but I’m starting to feel incredibly old now that they’re remaking things that I grew up watching.
Not that anyone asked for it, but they’re remaking She’s All That, the iconic ’90s flick that gave us Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. And I’m pissed off. Because no one needs to be tarnishing the good name of that iconic film.
But, here we are, and 2020 is giving us more bad news in the form of He’s All That, which will pull a gender switch on the original film. Apparently, this remake has been in the works for years, and I find myself thankful that I was able to stay out of the loop for as long as I did.
He’s All That has cast TikTok star Addison Rae Easterling as the female lead, according to Variety, where she’ll play the popular influencer — yes, a sign of the times — but there’s no word yet on the nerdy boy.
“My dreams are coming true!!! I’m so excited to finally share the news that I am getting the opportunity to make my acting debut in HE’S ALL THAT which is a remake of one of my all time favorite movies, SHE’S ALL THAT,” Easterling wrote via Instagram. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me and none of it would have ever happened without every single one of you.”
But if there is some kind of reassuring aspect to this whole thing, it’s that R. Lee Fleming, who wrote She’s All That, will pen the remake and be working with some of the original producers. Miramax will release the film, the studio that released She’s All That. So perhaps it won’t have the quality of a straight-to-DVD movie. Oh, sorry, I forgot DVDs weren’t still relevant.
“This reboot is a welcomed step towards a new generation of Miramax storytelling, part of our greater strategy to leverage our existing library with fresh, re-imagined content in both film and TV,” said Miramax CEO Bill Block.
You can’t blame me for being skeptical here, right? We’ve seen some pretty bad remakes over the years. Here’s hoping that He’s All That can be even a little as good as the original.