It was announced last August that Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) was lined up to star in a remake of the con-man caper comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). Now news arrives via Deadline that the new film will be called Nasty Women and has Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) in talks to co-star.
The film – it's title nod to a certain new U.S. President back when he was still on the campaign trail – will switch the genders of the criminal duo and slightly updates the story, with Hathaway and Wilson playing two scam artists, who compete to separate a naive technology prodigy from his billions.
While Frank Oz directed the 1988 version, the new film is still looking for someone to call the shots, but has Jac Schaffer (Timer) writing the script, working again with Hathaway after crafting the screenplay for science fiction comedy The Shower, which is still in development with a lead role for the actress.
It may not escape the critical (and especially online) opprobrium, but at least it appears to be doing something a little different with the idea. And let's not forget that Dirty Rotten Scoundrels itself is a remake of Bedtime Story (1964).