Blake Edwards’ 10 to Get Remade

Bo Derek in 10

Bo Derek’s a fifty-two year old, conservative Republican now, but there was a time when she was the very epitome of celluloid sexiness.  Her racy trifecta of 10, Tarzan the Ape Man, and Bolero introduced cornrows, chimpanzees, and honey into bedrooms around the world… and at least one of the three can still be found there today.  (Which one may depend on which bedroom.)  The term “boner” was actually coined in deference to her, although it was eventually hijacked by Kirk Cameron and the religious right for use as a character name on Growing Pains.  And how does the world repay her kindness?  By nominating her in 2000 for “Worst Actress of the Decade”.  Shame on you “Golden Raspberry Awards”, shame on you.

Now that wrong seems about to be righted, as a remake to Derek’s star-making role in 10 is now in development… a remake that may just drive a new generation of film fans back to the original.  Derek starred with Dudley Moore (Arthur, Wholly Moses) in Blake Edwards’ comedy about one man’s mid-life crisis.  The film is a delightful combination of prat falls, sweet moments, and subtle sexiness, and the fact that it took this long for a remake is remarkable.  The reason for the delay appears to have been Edwards himself.  Variety reports that Hyde Park Entertainment has been courting him for some time now, but only recently convinced him to grant the rights.  Edwards will stay on as an executive producer, but will not be directing.  Mark Wahlberg was previously rumored for the Moore role… an obvious choice I think… but Derek’s beads and bathing suit will be harder to fill.  The producers hope to begin a galaxy-wide search soon for the title role…

… but I say not so fast Mr. Producer Man.  Have you not seen Megan Fox?  Have you not heard what she said in a recent interview?  Have I not just solved your casting dilemma and saved you thousands of dollars in travel costs associated with searching the world over looking for your 10?  A producer credit seems only fair.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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