Wow. As if the slew of upcoming sequels/prequels and numerous novel adaptations weren’t evidence enough, the news that a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (the 1988 Steve Martin/Michael Caine film that was already a remake of 1964′s Bedtime Story) surely provides concrete proof that completely original screenplays are few and far between these days. Oh, and did I mention that remakes of Robocop, Red Dawn, Poltergeist and Fame (yes, that Fame) are also in the works? What is going on?!?
But back to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels… you may recall that three years ago, it was also made into a Broadway musical which then toured major cities and is still making the rounds on the international theater circuit. So the story about two dueling con men obviously has legs — the plan for the remake is to include "Internet-era" scams. But that’s beside the point, right? The real question is: why recycle this movie at all?