Studio planning remake of Martin-Tomlin laffer
New Line is getting possessed by “All of Me.”
Mini-major is planning a remake of the 1984 comedy starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin and set scribes Brent Goldberg and David Wagner to write a modern take on the story.
Studio is aiming to cast Wanda Sykes in the Tomlin role of a dying heiress who tries to transfer her soul to a young woman but instead finds herself possessing the right side of the body of her lawyer, played by Martin in the original.
Sykes has held initial meetings with the studio but is waiting to see a final version of the script before attaching to the project.
Endeavor-repped writers are planning to keep the conceit and spirit of the original but update the technology involved and comedy, as well as give it a more hip sensibility.
“We’re trying to pay homage to the original, but with all new set pieces, and make the woman someone younger who will play off a man who’s more of a milquetoast,” said Wagner.
Goldberg and Wagner most recently penned “The Other Guy” for Disney with Adam Shankman attached to direct. Other credits include “The Girl Next Door” and “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.”
New Line execs haven’t yet made any decisions about a male lead or helmer for “All of Me.”
Original was scripted by Phil Alden Robinson and helmed by Carl Reiner.
Mark Kaufman, Matt Moore and Luke Ryan are overseeing for the studio.