News From Heaven Or An Idea From Hell? Disney Plans Sister Act Remake

Credit: Buena Vista
Credit: Buena Vista

Because it seems as though no original movie ideas are worth pursuing right now, Disney is planning yet another remake and this time it’s got Sister Act in its sights.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney are billing this as a new take on the original movie which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith and Harvey Keitel.

Protests against the news will fall on deaf ears, since the remake is already in development. It will be written by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah, whose previous projects include Legally BlondeShe’s the Man, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Allie Shearmur, whose last Disney project was the live-action Cinderella movie, will serve as producer.

It’s been 23 years since Sister Act first arrived in cinemas. Goldberg starred as a Reno lounge singer who entered into witness protection in a nunnery after witnessing a murder carried out by her mobster boyfriend (Keitel). Smith starred as the Mother Superior, who deployed Dolores to take charge of the choir.

The film was a huge hit and went on to spawn a sequel as well as a stage musical.

There is no word yet on casting or plot details for the remake, though given that it is a remake we can guess it will be along similar lines to the original at least.

Sister Act is a great movie. It’s funny, Whoopi Goldberg is at her comedic best, and the songs are fantastic. Does it need a remake? No. Will that stop Disney? No.

They seem to be hell bent determined to remake any and every movie they can get their hands on, as most film companies seem want to do right now. Sister Act can really only be worthy of a remake/reboot if a good proportion of the original cast would be prepared to return in some capacity otherwise what’s the point?

This remake boom must surely become bust at some point. Has the viewing public lost its appetite for anything new? There are great and talented screenwriters out there. How about studios give someone else a chance instead of rehashing successful films of old in the hope of making a few easy dollars?

Becky Fuller

Lover of all things theatrical, literature related, musical and Gleeful. Writer, actress, wife and mother.
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