Exclusive: Screen Gems considering 'About Last Night' remake

about-last-nightImage Credit: Everett CollectionAnyone who thought the 1986 movie About Last Night… was sorely underappreciated should consider this an excellent piece of development news: EW has learned that Screen Gems is considering whether to remake the romantic comedy that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.

There’s no script at this point, much less a pair of actors who have agreed to fill the roles of a young man and woman who are attempting to date despite their personal issues and disapproving friends. (For your consideration, Screen Gems: We’d like to nominate Mila Kunis and Chris Pine!). But the interest is definitely there to dust off the movie and remake it for today’s audiences, insiders confirm.

The original flick was directed by Edward Zwick and based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. It also starred James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.

Lowe continues to hold the film, which grossed north of $38 million, in high regard. When asked by EW in May to identify his five favorite roles, he ranked Night’s Danny Martin at No. 2. “It holds up really well,” he told EW. “It had a great pedigree, it was a David Mamet play adaptation, and it was funny and sexy.”


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  • Marie

    the actors you suggest are perfect

    • Freddie

      Too bad the movie idea ain’t that great. But so long as they stay away from the 80s classics ( Some Kind of Wonderful, Say Anything ) its okay

      • Bianca

        Thank you so much for mentioning Some Kind of Wonderful. No one has seen that movie but it is so great! But I definitely have to agree that I cannot imagine a remake of it.

    • Shiny

      Yes, totally agree! I could see Kunis and Pine rocking the leads. This film is a Big East staple, especially on the Chicago Station.

    • Jorge

      With Jenny I lost 30 lbs but gained 20 back which scuekd but it was my fault for going back to my old eating habits. Especially binging. I recommend Jenny for people who have a small amount of weight to lose not for someone who has to lose 150 lbs or more like me. But yes Jason the whole not having to think about what your going to eat or figuring out the calories all of that is convenient. I might go back to Jenny i’m still not sure. For now i’m trying to figure it out on my own. Good video.

  • angeljake

    Great 80s movie…:)

  • Vince

    Oh pleaseeee

  • Shane

    No no no no no nooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a special movie, of its time, and it so perfectly captured the moment. Every couple I knew at the time broke up the night they went to see that movie- it was so real.
    Please leave well enough alone! Must they wreck everything!?

  • Brenda

    I love this movie and have it on DVD. And yes, the story still does hold up very well. Although I must say I’m leery of a remake because the original is so great.

  • Marissa

    Loved the original. If they do a remake please do it justice.

  • Jessica

    Love, love, love this movie! I even own the soundtrack!

  • Yolanda C Lewis

    Great movie! Please leave it alone.

  • Summer

    Wow. This movie does NOT need to be remade. I watched it for the first time a couple of years ago, and – imho – it’s held up very well.

  • D

    No need whatsoever for a remake! Just saw this movie about a week ago and it is so perfect and well-done. No need to add cell phones or Facebook or whatever else to make it ready for “today’s audience.” It’s okay as it is and it its time period. Leave it alone!

  • Devin

    NO MORE REMAKES. GET YOUR OWN IDEAS HOLLYWOOD. I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SEQUALS. BUT NO MORE REMAKES.

    • Mitch Logan

      After 80 years of remakes, Devin has finally had enough. LOL

    • DJ

      I’d rather see a good remake than a crappy sequel.

  • Amy

    If you want to see it watch the original, a remake would be crap. They’d probably cast Miley Cyrus.

  • Dee

    It is one of my favorite movies. Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins were fantastic.

  • Gregory

    Loved the original movie and bought both the video and the soundtrack. The supporting characters (Belushi and Perkins) were essential in raising issues about work, dating and friendships. I’m okay with a remake as the topics remain relevant. While the movie holds up, many will never give the “old” movie a glimpse. Please be careful in casting all four of the key roles. I know I’ll be disappointed with the remake, but I won’t be the target audience anymore.

    • Terry

      I agree especially as I read all the hate directed at original True Grit. I feat a lot of people in the future will never take a chance to see the wonderful old version. I’m happy to read that the new version is good, but, yeah when that happens, people(especially young people) don’t take a chance and seek out the original. My girlfriend wanted me to watch The Women(with Meg Ryan) with her. I picked it up at the library along with the 1939 version so we could make a night out of it. After watching them back to back, she no longer cares for the Meg Ryan film but LOVES the 1939 film.

  • Michelle

    Anyone would be better than Rob Lowe. No wonder he never made it big in the movies. He was always weak leading man.

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