Anne Hathaway’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake Finds Director

Chris Addison
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Chris Addison has closed a deal to direct MGM’s “Nasty Women,” the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.

The movie marks Addison’s big-screen directorial debut. Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay.

Cave 76’s Roger Birnbaum and Wilson’s Camp Sugar Productions are producing.


Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson to Star in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

The film gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed comedy classic that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The ’80s film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.

“Nasty Women” follows two female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. The title calls to mind Donald Trump’s insult to Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, a phrase which has since been reclaimed as a feminist rallying call.

Addison is best known for his work on the small screen, having directed episodes of HBO’s “Veep” and BBC’s “The Thick of It.” His upcoming projects include Fox’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and NBC’s “Playing House.” Addison is also a comedian and actor, having appeared in the hit British series “Doctor Who,” “Skins,” and “The Thick of It.”

He is repped by WME and Avalon Management.

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  1. Dani says:

    My favorite thing about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is ***spoiler alert*** it turns out the heiress they are trying to con is the mysterious “Jackle,” the best con artist out there and that SHE has been playing them both all along. The idea that she was not only just as capable but better than the two guys s the whole point and what makes it such a classic. I can’t see it working as well in reverse. I was so excited to see Anne Hathaway was going to do a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels movie, hoping she would play Christine and now I’m just bummed. ☹️

  2. Art Mooney says:

    The worst part is this movie will make money. Hollywood can crap in a bag and the morons will come out in droves to look inside. Then they’ll all go home and complain about being shown someone’s poo for $15 and inexplicably turn up next week to do it again. This is OUR fault.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Half-&-half, perhaps.

      On the one hand, people behind film & TV will not allow the showing of actual crap or other things of questionable-if-any morality on TV, even though that is often the funniest part of a film (I believe the one I am recalling was called “Let’s Be Cops”, though I didn’t see it).

      On the other, we often elect leaders of the country & the MPAA, etc., who are rich men. They therefore don’t care about other rich men or how men become rich. (As a once-frequent moviegoer, I have long considered suggesting a movie-going experience similar to “focus groups”, where you pay after viewing, & the amount is within pre-set numbers based on how much you enjoyed the experience.

  3. mstrainjr says:

    I imagine they will eventually remake Three Amigos with women, with one of the three being a black woman. But they will have to change the title so it isn’t offensive to real amigos.

  4. tjchurch2001 says:

    I had to double-check the date on this story… Hasn’t that “Playing House” show already aired on NBC, & additional seasons on the USA Network?!

  5. Lenny says:

    Are they going to remake every movie ever made with a female lead instead of a male lead. I even heard they want a female snake plissken for the new escape to new York. Also heard dark tower sucks and will be lame o pg 13. Hollywood sucks now. Boo. Boo! Get some fresh blood and new ideas. Too Pc now. Everything needs to be vetted spun and softly delievered. It sucks.

  6. JR says:

    No offense to this gentleman, but you would think that some of these gender-bending remakes might actually be directed by a woman as well.

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