Nostalgia is in full force at the moment. I can’t blame Disney and other studios for striking while the iron’s hot and cashing in on the whole thing, but let’s be real, there are just some movies that should be left alone. Three Men and a Baby is one such movie, but alas, Disney can’t leave well enough alone. Disney+ is remaking the film and Zac Efron is set to star in the remake. I’m not entirely sure how that’s going to work, but here we are. It’s apparently happening.
The original film, which was actually a remake of a French movie, starred Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, and Tom Selleck–three of the largest stars of the 1980s–as three playboys who live in a fancy New York penthouse, throwing parties, making lots of money, and seducing lots of women, only for it all to be upended when Danson’s character screws it up and has a kid. Said kid is literally dropped on the men’s doorstep. Hilarity ensues as the three bachelors attempt to raise a baby by themselves. Oh, and also, somehow they get tied up in a drug scheme. Listen, it sounds absolutely whacky, but it’s a classic ’80s film and the remake shouldn’t be happening in the first place.
Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy, yes that Leonard Nimoy, and was a box office smash for Disney, making $240 million at the box office on an $11 million budget. Of course, Disney made a sequel in 1990 which reunited the stars but Nimoy was absent from the director’s chair. The sequel performed modestly and, honestly, wasn’t as great as the first film but it was still super cute.
Will Reichel has penned the script for the remake. There’s been no word on how the source material will be updated since the original predicated on a novel idea for the ’80s, single fathers raising a child by themselves without the mom present. But, who knows, the concept of single fathers still sometimes feels like a novel idea when it’s discussed in society. Maybe Disney can make it work again.
Gordon Gray is attached to the film as an executive producer. Gray has also produced Disney’s The Rookie and, most recently, Ben Affleck’s The Way Back. A director hasn’t been chosen for the film yet, but here’s to hoping whoever they get, is a master at comedy, because this film, in the right hands, is going to be hilarious. Might I suggest Robert Zemeckis? That could make things interesting.
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