The Weinstein Company and Miramax are developing a remake of “She’s All That,” the hit teen comedy that saw Freddie Prinze Jr. and Paul Walker vying for the affections of Rachael Leigh Cooke, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Kenny Leon will direct the remake, which Spike Lee‘s wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, will produce under her Tonik Productions banner. Miramax will also produce the remake, having released the original 1999 movie, which grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Weinstein Co. executive Julie Rapaport will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Representatives for the Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment, while a representative for Miramax denied there’s a deal in place at this time.
“She’s All That” followed a high school jock (Prinze) who makes a bet that he can turn a shy art student into his high school’s prom queen. The remake will follow a similar premise and is expected to be developed with diverse leads in mind.
The original supporting cast included Kevin Pollak, Matthew Lillard, Anna Paquin, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Usher Raymond, Lil’ Kim, Gabrielle Union, Dule Hill, Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Clea DuVall, Tim Matheson and Alexis Arquette.
With its theme of physical transformation, it should come as no surprise that “She’s All That” was based on “My Fair Lady,” and thus, “Pygmalion.”
Leon and Lee previously worked together on the Hallmark Channel’s “The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” which starred Wood Harris, Anika Noni Rose, David Alan Grier and Shameik Moore.
Leon previously directed the “Steel Magnolias” remake starring Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Phylicia Rashad. He has directed episodes of “Private Practice” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and most recently directed the TV movie “In My Dreams” starring Mike Vogel and Katharine McPhee. He’s represented by WME.
The news was first reported by the Tracking Board.