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12 Movie Reboots With Gender-Swapped Leads, From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Photos)

12 Movie Reboots With Gender-Swapped Leads, From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Photos)
From lady “Ghostbusters” to talk of a female James Bond, Hollywood has taken a shine to remaking classic movies or TV shows with gender-swapped leads as a way of mixing up a tried and true formula. But the trend dates back farther than to just the last few years. The latest example of this is “Overboard” opening Friday, which swaps out Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell for Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris. But here are some other movies that looked to remake something old with not just a fresh face but from an entirely different point of view.

His Girl Friday” (1940)

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell move a mile a minute and have a natural chemistry as reporters Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson in Howard Hawks’s screwball comedy classic “His Girl Friday.” But missing from its source material, both the play and the movie “The Front Page” by playwright Ben Hecht,
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‘Two Dope Queens’ Star Phoebe Robinson Cast In Paramount’s ‘What Men Want’

Exclusive: Phoebe Robinson, one half of HBO’s Two Dope Queens, is set to play Ciarra in What Men Want, the Taraji P Henson-toplined gender-swamping redo of the 2000 comedy starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The pic, from Paramount Players, is being directed by Adam Shankman. Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Max Greenfield co-star. The script is by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck with previous revisions by Tina Chism. It’s about a female sports agent…
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‘Step Up: High Water’ Renewed for Season 2 at YouTube Premium

‘Step Up: High Water’ Renewed for Season 2 at YouTube Premium
Dance drama series “Step Up: High Water” has been renewed for a second season at YouTube Premium, formerly YouTube Red.

Series regulars Naya Rivera and Faizon Love are set to return for the second season, which will consist of 10 hour-long episodes. Production begins on Season 2 in the fall with a debut slated for 2019.

The series is produced by Lionsgate and created and executive produced by showrunner Holly Sorensen. Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton, all producers of the original “Step Up” films, executive produced Season 1, along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who both co-starred in the original Step Up film.
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‘The Detour’s Jason Jones Cast In ‘What Men Want’; Amin Joseph Joins Fox’s ‘Stuber’

Jason Jones has come aboard Paramount Player’s Taraji P. Henson-led comedy, What Men Want, based on Nancy Meyers 2000 rom-com, What Women Want, with Mel Gibson. This Adam Shankman-directed gender-flipped version centers around a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. She gains the power to hear mens' thoughts and she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA's next superstar. Alex Gregory
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Shailene Woodley Movie ‘No Baggage’ Lands Megan Park As Writer

Exclusive: Megan Park has been brought on to write the New Line feature No Baggage, based on the Salon article "The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever" by Clara Bensen. The article tells the true story of an unlikely online date. Shailene Woodley already is attached to the project, which is being produced by Offspring Entertainment’s Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Park wrote and directed the short film Lucy in My Eyes, which garnered numerous awards including the Grand Jury…
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Julia Goldani Telles, Hero Fiennes Tiffin to Star in Romance ‘After’

Julia Goldani Telles, Hero Fiennes Tiffin to Star in Romance ‘After’
Julia Goldani Telles and Hero Fiennes Tiffin are set to star in “After,” the film adaptation of Anna Todd’s young adult romance novel.

The deal was announced Tuesday, the opening day of the Cannes Film Festival. Voltage International is handling worldwide sales rights and is co-repping domestic rights with CalMaple.

Jenny Gage will direct from a script written by Susan McMartin, Tamara Chestna, and Gage and Tom Betterton.

Producers are Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon of CalMaple Films, and Jennifer Gibgot (“17 Again”) of Offspring Entertainment. CalMaple, Voltage Pictures and Diamond Film Productions are financing the film. Wattpad’s Aron Levitz, Anna Todd, and Dennis Pelino from CalMaple are also producing. Meadow Williams and Swen Temmel from Diamond Films will serve as executive producers along with Adam Shankman of Offspring Entertainment, Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter, CalMaple’s Scott Karol, and Wattpad’s Eric Lehrman.

“After” follows
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Young adult adaptation 'After' scores key deals for Voltage (exclusive)

Young adult adaptation 'After' scores key deals for Voltage (exclusive)
The film will star Julia Goldani Telles from The Affair, with All This Panic director Jenny Gage at the helm.

Voltage Pictures has struck key pre-sales on After, an adaptation of the Ya publishing phenomenon that marks the first feature from veteran producers Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton’s CalMaple Films.

Constantin has acquired German rights, Sun will distribute in Latin America and Spain, and Leone handles Italy. Julia Goldani Telles from Showtime’s The Affair and the upcoming Slender Man will star opposite Hero Fiennes Tiffin from Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince as the leads.

The partners aim
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Max Greenfield Joins Taraji P. Henson For Paramount’s ‘What Men Want’

Max Greenfield Joins Taraji P. Henson For Paramount’s ‘What Men Want’
Max Greenfield going from hanging with the New Girl to getting his mind read by Taraji P. Henson in the upcoming comedy What Men Want. Directed by Adam Shankman, What Men Want is a twist on Paramount’s Nancy Meyers-directed rom-com classic What Women Want from 2000 in which Mel Gibson played a guy who could hear women's thoughts. In Shankman’s version, Henson plays a woman boxed out of the sports agents profession but gains an unexpected edge when she can hear their…
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‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Joins Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’ (Exclusive)

‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Joins Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’ (Exclusive)
With “New Girl” wrapping up its final season, star Max Greenfield has signed on to join Taraji P. Henson in Paramount Players’ “What Men Want,” sources tell Variety.

Tracy Morgan is also on board to join the cast.

Variety first reported on Feb. 2 that Adam Shankman had signed on to direct the film, which is inspired by the Nancy Meyers 2000 rom-com “What Women Want.” Will Packer and James Lopez are producing and Shankman is executive producing.

The original movie starred Mel Gibson as a marketing exec who suddenly has the ability to hear what women are thinking after a freak accident. In the remake, the roles are reversed, with Henson playing a sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.
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Wendi McLendon Covey In Talks For ‘What Men Want’

Wendi McLendon Covey In Talks For ‘What Men Want’
The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey is in negotiations to join Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want, Paramount Players’ gender-swapping revamp of the 2000 comedy starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The studio is fast-tracking this one, with principal photography underway in Atlanta and a January 11, 2019 release date already set. Adam Shankman is directing the pic written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck with previous revisions by Tina Chism. The new version follows a…
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'Goldbergs' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey in Talks to Join Taraji P. Henson in 'What Men Want' (Exclusive)

'Goldbergs' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey in Talks to Join Taraji P. Henson in 'What Men Want' (Exclusive)
Wendi McLendon-Covey, who stars in ABC's long-running comedy The Goldbergs, will join Taraji P. Henson in Paramount feature What Men Want.

Adam Shankman is directing the comedy, which will shoot in Atlanta this spring.

The comedy is a gender-swapped version of the 2000 Nancy Meyers-directed film What Women Want, which starred Mel Gibson. Henson will play a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men's thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

McLendon-Covey will play Henson's best...
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What Men Want adds Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge

THR is reporting that What Men Want, the upcoming gender-swapped remake of What Women Want, has added Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G., 30 Rock) and Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Hidden Figures) to its cast.

The new film is being directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and stars Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Acrimony) as a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. However, when she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

The original What Women Want was directed by Nancy Meyers and featured Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Released in 2000, it was a solid hit at the box office, grossing almost $375 million worldwide.

What Men Want is set for release on January 11th 2019.

The post What Men Want adds Tracy Morgan and
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Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge Join ‘What Men Want’; Octavia Spencer To Ep ‘Mumbet’; Rlje Films Acquires ‘Housewife’ – Film Briefs

Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge Join ‘What Men Want’; Octavia Spencer To Ep ‘Mumbet’; Rlje Films Acquires ‘Housewife’ – Film Briefs
The Last O.G. star Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge have come aboard the Taraji P. Henson-led comedy What Men Want, the gender-flipped iteration of the 2000 Mel Gibson-starring film, What Women Want from Nancy Meyers. Adam Shankman is directing the pic which centers on a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. Like the original, she gains the power to hear mens' thought and she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as…
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Tracy Morgan Joins Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’

Tracy Morgan Joins Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’
Paramount Players has hired Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge to join Taraji P. Henson’s comedy “What Men Want.”

Variety first reported on Feb. 2 that Adam Shankman had come on board to direct the film, which is inspired by the Nancy Meyers’ 2000 rom-com, “What Women Want.” Will Packer and James Lopez are producing and Shankman executive producing.

The original movie starred Mel Gibson as a marketing exec who suddenly has the ability to hear what women are thinking after a freak accident. In the remake, the roles are reversed, with Henson playing sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

What Men Want” has already been set to open on Jan. 11, 2019. It’s being spearheaded by
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Adam Shankman to Direct Taraji P. Henson's 'What Men Want'

Adam Shankman to Direct Taraji P. Henson's 'What Men Want'
Adam Shankman (Hairspray, A Walk to Remember) is set to direct Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want, a gender-swapped version of Nancy Meyers' 2000 romantic comedy What Women Want, which starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.

The film is being produced by Paramount Players, a new division, led by AwesomenessTV grad Brian Robbins and Ali Bell, designed to develop and produce features in partnership with Viacom-owned Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Bet. Will Packer and James Lopez will produce What Men Want, and Shankman will executive produce.

Shankman is also attached to the direct big-screen adaptation of Ashley Prentice...
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Adam Shankman to Direct ‘What Men Want’ Starring Taraji P. Henson

What Women Want is a weird movie when you consider that the premise is that Mel Gibson gets to read women’s thoughts after reading beauty tips and getting electrocuted (it wouldn’t be a Mel Gibson movie without the protagonist suffering some form of violence). But it’s light, it’s fluffy, and we certainly don’t need a sequel. However, a remake isn’t a bad idea, and one has been in the works titled What Men Want starring the excellent Taraji P. Henson. Today, Variety reports that Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages) has signed on to direct. …
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Adam Shankman to Direct Reboot of Nancy Meyers’ ‘What Women Want’

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Adam Shankman to Direct Reboot of Nancy Meyers’ ‘What Women Want’
Adam Shankman is set to direct and executive produce “What Men Want” for Paramount Players, a reboot of Nancy Meyers’ 2000 rom-com “What Women Want.” Will Packer and James Lopez will produce the film starring Taraji P. Henson in a role that Mel Gibson first made famous. The project will be spearheaded by Brian Robbins and Ali Bell under the newly formed division at Paramount. Inspired by the Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy “What Women Want,” the film follows the story of a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power...
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Adam Shankman Tapped To Direct Taraji P. Henson’s ‘What Men Want’

Adam Shankman Tapped To Direct Taraji P. Henson’s ‘What Men Want’
Adam Shankman is attached to direct Paramount Player’s What Men Want, the Taraji P. Henson-starring comedy inspired by the 2000 Nancy Meyers romantic comedy, What Women Want, which was toplined by Mel Gibson. The revamp centers on a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear mens' thought, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA's next superstar. The studio…
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Adam Shankman to Direct Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’ (Exclusive)

Adam Shankman to Direct Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’ (Exclusive)
Paramount Players is moving quickly on the its latest comedy “What Men Want,” tapping Adam Shankman to direct the film, which is inspired by the Nancy Meyers’ 2000 rom-com, “What Women Want.”

Taraji P. Henson is set to star in the pic, with Will Packer and James Lopez producing and Shankman executive producing.

The original movie starred Mel Gibson as a marketing exec who suddenly has the ability to hear what women are thinking after a freak accident. In the remake, the roles are reversed, with Henson playing sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.
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Glee's Naya Rivera Returns to the Classroom for a Sexy Dance with Ne-Yo in Step Up: High Water

Glee's Naya Rivera Returns to the Classroom for a Sexy Dance with Ne-Yo in Step Up: High Water
Naya Rivera is back in the classroom in a whole new role, and People has the exclusive first look.

The 31-year-old Glee actress is transitioning from student to teacher in Step Up: High Water, the new 10-episode YouTube Red series based on the Step Up film franchise.

Executive produced by original Step Up stars (and real-life couple!) Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum as well as Step Up director Adam Shankman, Step Up: High Water turns the spotlight on a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta and the lives of several ambitious young dancers.

Rivera plays school administrator Collette Jones in the show,
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