In a big win for sub-mediocrity, the director who coaxed 2 Razzie award winning performances out of his leads in The Wedding Ringer is having more money thrown at him to write and direct a reboot of Look Who’s Talking. Cue Kirstie Alley getting her agent on the phone in hopes of one last shot at riding John Travolta’s wild hog. Nobody tell her they’re going in a different direction with this one. I want to see how this plays out.
According to Deadline, Look Who’s Still Talking (remind me to collect when they use that one) will “allow for a diverse cast” which means there’s only room for one Scientologist lead this go around. The reboot’s writer/director Jeremy Garelick says he’s making the movie so his twins can watch it. Sadly, he didn’t offer an excuse for making The Wedding Ringer.
“What excited me about doing is, I have four kids, including twins, and this is something they can watch, and share some of the experience I had with my wife,” Garelick said. “Like, figuring out how to raise these kids, with all the mistakes that happen. Add in the voices that are keyed to facial expressions, it just really seems like a fun idea. Everyone can relate to babies. The challenge is, that was a really good movie, Travolta and Kirstie Alley had great chemistry and Amy Heckerling wrote a great script. We’re in the early stages of figuring out what the story is for the modern version of the movie.”
Lies! I cannot relate to babies. Babies are demanding monsters who are occasionally cute, but only when they want something. And talking babies are a straight up abomination.
As anyone who survived the 80s knows, the 1989 original was written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starred Kirstie and John, and a talking baby voiced by Bruce Willis. It was terrible. That’s not even an opinion, it’s a statement of fact. That was followed up by Look Who’s Talking Too in which Bruce Willis gets a sister voiced by Roseanne Barr. The Bruce Willis baby is a toddler by this time and can actually talk, but is still lip syncing for his young life to Bruce Willis’ voice.
A 5 OR 6 YEAR OLD KIND OF MOVES HIS MOUTH AND BRUCE WILLIS’ VOICE COMES OUT. FOR 73 MINUTES!
But John and Kirstie weren’t content to let sleeping dogs lie and went ahead and signed on to a third movie called Look Who’s Talking Now. With no explanation as to what happened to Bruce and Roseanne’s psyches (were they absorbed? Did they die? Did they have a soul?) the children now speak for themselves but the family dog talks. That is who’s talking now. Dogs. Horny dogs. But it did give us this gift so maybe it was all worth it?