Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead remake in development from Treehouse Pictures
It has already been 29 years since the theatrical release of Warner Bros.’ Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, and now Deadline is bringing word that Treehouse Pictures (Set It Up) is in the process of developing a remake of the 1991 cult comedy classic film with Honey director Billie Woodruff attached to helm the film.
“Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead is an iconic cult classic,” Treehouse president Nappi said in a statement. “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.”
Written by Chuck Hayward, the Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead remake is being described as a new and diverse take on the original film where it will be set in the present-day and centered on a black family. The film will be produced by Justin Nappi and Juliet Berman of Treehouse along with Oren Segal. It will also be executive produced by Juliana Maio, Tova Laiter, and original EP Michael Phillips.
“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,” Phillips said.
The original film was directed by Stephen Harek from a script written by Neil Landau and Tara Ison. Emmy winner Christina Applegate starred as Sue Ellen Crandell, a 17-year-old girl who along with four younger siblings were left in the care of a cruel babysitter after their mother went on a summer vacation. However, their summer gets more complicated when the babysitter suddenly dies of a heart attack. Despite receiving negative reviews and a poor box office performance, the film had still garnered quite a cult following after it was released on VHS and cable television.
Woodruff was first recognized as music video director who have worked with artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Usher, Mary J. Blige and more. He made his feature directorial debut with 2003’s Honey which starred Jessica Alba. After that, he then went on direct a TV episodes including Shadowhunters, Claws, and Black Lightning. Woodruff is currently the director for Nat Geo’s upcoming Genius: Aretha starring Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo which is set to premiere this Fall.
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