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A Remake Of SOAPDISH Is In Good Hands!

Nordling here.

SOAPDISH is one of my wife's favorite movies, and I have to admit I find it pretty funny myself.  There's a mean streak a mile wide in it, and it eviscerates the whole daytime soap opera scene, from top to bottom, a medium already fairly ripe for ridicule.  Sally Field's got a self-deprecating sense of humor in it, and the always fun Kevin Kline's also terrific as a washed-up soap star, now forced to play dinner theater wiping elderly people's chins as he plays Willy Loman.  It's a pretty terrific comedy, actually.

Now it seems Paramount is keen to remake the 1991 film, which would ordinarily give me pause, but the script is going to be penned by Ben Schwartz of ROBOT CHICKEN,  He's also written and performed sketches for the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, which means he's a very funny guy.  Alan Greisman, who produced the original film, is producing this film along with Rob Reiner, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Soap operas are actually a dying breed right now.  Many of them are shutting down and there's only a few left, mostly for budgetary reasons.  It would be interesting if this film addressed that.  Also, although the man's in every film around these days, this would be perfect for James Franco to be involved in.  He's been working on GENERAL HOSPITAL on a recurring basis (he's actually going to return to the show this Friday and Monday; although he's an underdog it seems very funny to me that a possible Best Actor winner could be on a soap opera the day after the Oscars) so he knows how soap operas run.  He has a great sense of comedic timing which a remake of this film will likely need.  So, just throwing that out there.

Nordling, out.

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  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Soap Operas

    by Thor51

    Well at least it is something relevant. NOT.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Robot Chicken?

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    So everybody will fart and then kill each other?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    random, but the original is great

    by Stifler's Mom

    Downey Jr is awesome, Kevin Kline is hilarious, Cathey Moriarity is sexy as hell, even as a post-op tranny.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Isn't it time yet to remake Inception?

    by Drath

    We'll call it Dreamscape!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    You know Franco DIED on the show, right?

    by D.Vader

    I don't think its safe to use the present tense "He's been working on General Hospital" as if its still happening.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Though it IS a Soap

    by D.Vader

    I guess he's coming back as an Evil Twin, a ghost, or a flashback.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I kind of, sort of, remember the original...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...and while I have a vague recollection of enjoying it (great cast), I can't, for the life of me, imagine why this would be deemed remake-worthy. Does this movie have some kind of cult following I'm not familiar with?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    He's coming back this Friday and Monday, according to my wife who is an authority on most things Franco and GENERAL HOSPITAL.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    "Of course I'm an egomaniac...

    by TacoPinSneak

    ...I've got America's sweetheart climbing up my drain pipe!" That movie's awesome.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    I mean, an okay enough movie in its day, but really - a remake? I confidently expect revisionings of DEAL OF THE CENTURY, THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE and LADYBUGS at this rate...

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    explain the 'COOL' in AICN

    by cagl1ostro

    please.... I am just asking for some Cool news please. Soapdish... really?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    They already remade Deal Of The Century and called

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    it Lord Of War.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Why not remake films like this?

    by Chewtoy

    There's no need to remake great films, but I have no issues with people taking another crack at something that had promise but didn't quite hit a home run with it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    They should make a movie called REMAKE instead


    It could be a bit like GROUNDHOG DAY where a guy finds himself living the same story over and over again. Unlike GROUNDHOG DAY however, the scenes would play out exactly the same except with ever increasing amount of popular culture references, decreasing acting abilities in the supporting cast and things getting replaced with CGI effects for no apparent reason. The main character would get younger and younger as the story repeated itself, until eventually a huge flaming hand would reach down and destroy the entire Earth because God had grown bored with watching the same shit over and over again.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    If Nordling's wife ever divorces him, she should hook up with d.vader


    They could watch General Hospital together, and both wear matching t-shirts with James Franco's face on them.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Back when Whoopi could act, and wasnt' a whack job

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Soapdish was good, so why bother? Oh yeah, Hollywood is out of ideas.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Well, remember, if it's over 20 years old...

    by Gozu

    then it's fair game, for either a shitty remake or a lame PG-13 rip-off. Besides, they remade "Death at a Funeral" less than three years after the original came out. Personally, I think they showed considerable restraint with this film that no one gives a shit about or has a reason to see. I'm just a little surprised they didn't turn it into a musical first.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    or, as we call it in Austria...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...Kopfgeschlagen. That scene where they're doing the show live, off cue cards is one of the funniest fucking things I have EVER seen...

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    General Hospital - James Franco's character not dead.

    by Jim

    James Franco's character 'Franco' on General Hospital did not die. On the show, last year he staged his death by supposedly being pushed off a room during one of his art 'performances'. However they showed him alive and well after that stunt. When the story arc ended, James Franco did not reappear on the show, however, his character, off screen, has continued to menace several other characters on the show and the current storyline seems to be careening towards his return this week. James Franco has often said he's a fan of General Hospital (which is why he did it, because he certainly didn't need the money they paid him) and considering that the VAST majority of major movie stars got their start on Soaps, I can see why some of them would want, or feel the need to give back. Think what you want about soaps, but chances are you, or your girlfriend (or boyfriend) watch 'em.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Aint it Nordling News .com

    by korkie70

    Keeping this site afloat. You may have stopped me moving sites

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I actually googles his death scene two nights ago

    by D.Vader

    Its utterly ridiculous and his acting his over the top, perfect for soap standards. Why do I know this? I don't recall. I think when he died a year ago, I saw a link on another movie site and thought the death was quite funny. Truthfully, it's bc I run his fan site.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Damn iPhone autocorrect.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Soapdish is still relevant to this day...

    by Mister Grieves being a pioneer in the lame-ass, pussification category in films.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Are you fracking kidding me?

    by jemagee

    Dear Hollywood 95% of you - kill yourselves - right now - if you ever think a 'remake' or a 'reimaginging' is a good idea - just kill yourself because you are devoid of talent

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Really? Hey, I got an idea. Let's all sign a petition for a remake of FearDotCom. And I Know Who Killed Me. And Yes Man. And A Midsummer Nights Sex Comedy. And (insert name of film that most people don't give a shit about here.) Well, I could complain, but at least they aren't re-making a movie that got it right the first time around or wouldn't benefit from an update. And I'll say it again. Please do Bonfire of the Vanities the way it should be done. And Planet of the Apes. I want the Planet of the Apes that follows the fucking book!!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I don't care

    by Gwynplaine

    About the original or the remake. Sorry Nordling's wife.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I hate soaps but think it is very cool for Franco

    by MrD

    to return to General Hospital. So many actors want to divorce themselves from where they got their starts, its good to see at least one guy understand there is no such thing as a small part or an inconsequential fan. Pretty awesome.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Next up on Reboot-a-Palooza: The Bodyguard??????

    by Paul

    From the Hollywood Reporter: "Warner Bros. is in the midst of remake fever, with the 1992 hit The Bodyguard the latest to get a retread. "The studio has hired Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer to write the script. Studio-based Dan Lin will produce. "The original starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston and spawned one of the biggest ballads of all time, "I Will Always Love You." It entered on a former Secret Service agent hired to protect a world famous pop singer. While initially uncomfortable in her glitzy world, the man eventually falls for her, compromising his ability to protect her. "In the remake, the story would be updated so that the man would be a former Iraqi war vet." No original ideas left, Hollywood?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    "writing for the UCB theatre" does not mean you're funny

    by HypeEndsHere

    attend a show. i DARE you.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Soapdish was a good film

    by hst666

    That I always enjoy watching on cable. Having said that, I agree that no one is clamoring for this.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    CONGO 3D

    by Gozu

    Wait. CONGO 2 3-D. Stay with me: red gorillas.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST


    by Shan

    So, basically end your REMAKE film the same way as The Stand. Which is also being remade. With a better flaming hand this time I hope.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I have to admit ...

    by Shan

    I saw this twice in one week at the cinema, along with Blake Edward's Switch (which I also saw twice). It'd be (potentially) funny if they get some of the cast members from the original playing the same characters.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST


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  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    So, do Studio Execs just reach into a hat and say -

    by impossibledreamers

    Hey what 80's movie are we gonna' remake this week? Not that Soapdish wasn't funny (in spots)

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Love this movie

    by fscottnational

    She's a BOY!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    it was shit the first time


    why remake a turd?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Not really an 80's flick, it was released in May 1991!

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    We were all wearing flannel shirts and not washing our hair by then.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Who exactly has been clamoring for this? (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    "We had movie nights,

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    we had knifefights...."

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    The will make it relevant by turning making it about reality TV

    by jarjarmessiah

    The Real Houswives of ...., Jersey Shore, and the Kardashians are basically what has replaced soap operas.