‘Soapdish’ Remake Truly is Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

Paramount Pictures is remaking the 1991 comedy Soapdish. This is the word from the generally reliable folks over at Pajiba. Just when you didn’t think they’d hit the bottom of the barrel yet, this would be your sign.

Don’t get me wrong, Soapdish was by no means a bad movie. In fact, it was a humorous face about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a popular soap opera. Sally Field played aging star Celeste Talbot, the Queen of Daytime, whose life is put into a nasty spin when her show is infiltrated by an ambitious producer (Robert Downey Jr.), a jealous co-star (Cathy Moriarty) and her ex-lover (Kevin Kline).

From what I remember of the original film, Kevin Kline and Sally Field were very funny together on screen. As were Robert Downey Jr. and Whoopi Goldberg. It was right in that sweet spot for Downey Jr., who was at the height of his fame before going through various legal troubles in the mid-90s.

The question for the yet unhired writer is how to adapt such a premise for audiences 20 years later. It would likely take place behind the scenes of a soap opera, but assembling an interesting and versatile cast nowadays will be difficult. That, and can middling magic be captured again? Hard to say.