Director Blake Edwards’ 1979 sex comedy 10 is getting a remake.
Deadline is reporting that Warner brothers is developing a remake of the comedy which starred Dudley Moore and Bo Derek. Legally Blonde screenwriters Karen McCullah and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith are set to handle the script.
Edwards’ widow, the actress Julie Andrews who also appeared in the film, is executive producing. In a released statement she said –
10 holds a special place in my heart. It captures Blake’s charisma and his special humor that I so adore. I have long been rather protective about which of Blake’s brilliant works should be re-imagined. I am pleased that today’s film goers will have an opportunity to enjoy a new interpretation of this classic.
In the film, Moore plays a middle-aged music composer who becomes infatuated with a gorgeous, younger and recently-married woman (Derek), ignoring his longtime girlfriend (Andrews). Although a big hit in 1979 going on to snag two Academy Award nominations for Best Song and Score, the film can be viewed as a bit problematic by today’s standards with the empty objectification of Derek’s character by Moore. But given that screenwriters McCullah and Smith’s previous work on such films as Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You and The House Bunny show a strong ability to write comedically from the female point-of-view. That suggests a potential interesting inversion of the gaze that the original film took.