I know it’s not horror but…
Director Stephen Herek’s cult classic comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead with Christina Applegate and Danielle Harris is getting a “diverse remake.”
Bille Woodruff (Beauty Shop) will direct a present-day retelling centered on a black family from a screenplay written by Chuck Hayward (Dear White People).
Producer Justin Nappi says: “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead is an iconic cult classic. We look forward to bringing audiences a new interpretation that is as funny and outrageous as the original but also smart and connected to the world today.”
Executive producer Michael Phillips adds: “I’m amazed at how many people can quote dialogue from the original film, and I think this team has a fresh and modern approach to the story that will resonate in a brand-new way.”
Nappi, Juliet Berman, and Oren Segal produce while Phillips, Juliana Maio, and Tova Laiter are executive producers. Do you love the original? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
The original film centered on Sue Ellen Crandell (Christina Applegate), a teenager eagerly awaiting her mother’s summer-long absence. While the babysitter looks after her rambunctious younger siblings, Sue Ellen can party and have fun. But then the babysitter abruptly dies, leaving the Crandells short on cash. Sue Ellen finds a sweet job in fashion by lying about her age and experience on her résumé. But, while her siblings run wild, she discovers the downside of adulthood.
The film sports a 36% rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: It has an amusing enough premise, but Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead will just leave viewers pining for the madcap hijinks promised by the title.