Valley Girl, the 1983 teen rom-com that starred Deborah Foreman as a rich girl from the Valley, and Nicolas Cage as the punk from Hollywood she falls in love with, now has itself a musical remake arriving this month. The film’s plot remains mostly the same – it’s even still set in the ’80s. But this time there are songs. And dance numbers, too, choreographed by none other than Mandy Moore. There’s a new Valley Girl clip online, and, oddly enough, it’s song-free. But it does have plenty of bright pastel ’80s colors for your eyeballs.
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Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy starring Julie Richman as the title character, who has good looks, popularity, and a handsome, cool boyfriend. The only problem is Tommy is kind of a douchebag, so after a trip to the mall with her friends, she decides to break up with him and falls for a Hollywood punk named Randy, making for a star-crossed lovers kind of story loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Now the movie is being remade as a poppy musical starring Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day), and a new Valley Girl music video shows us just how upbeat and vibrant this remake will be. Read More »
Hey kids, do you remember Valley Girl? It was a teen rom-com from 1983, starring Deborah Foreman as a rich girl from the Valley, and Nicolas Cage as the punk from Hollywood she falls in love with. It was a big hit on its meager budget, and even scored positive reviews – although I’m not sure how much of a “classic” it’s regarded as these days. In any case, someone went ahead and remade it, and turned it into a jukebox musical, to boot. Best of all, the new Valley Girl has Jessica Rothe, the fantastic lead of the Happy Death Day films, as the titular Valley girl. Check out the trailer below.
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Nicolas Cage is very charismatic in Valley Girl. Martha Coolidge‘s charming 1984 love story benefits greatly from his often endearing performance and goofy haircut. It’s not one of Cage’s more famous roles, so when it comes to the remake, its star, Josh Whitehouse, doesn’t exactly have a large shadow cast over him. But hopefully he’ll be able to bring as much energy and fun to the punk rock character as Cage did.
Below, learn more about the Valley Girl remake star.
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It was all the way back in 2008, when MGM hadn’t yet tripped up on billions of dollars of debt, that the company announced it wanted to remake Valley Girl as an ’80s-themed musical. The original movie featured Nicolas Cage as a punk from Hollywood who falls for Valley Girl Deborah Foreman. It’s a fluffy ‘wrong side of the tracks’ romance, but with a zany and energetic early performance from Cage.
MGM’s bankruptcy and restructuring hasn’t dimmed the company’s enthusiasm for remaking Valley Girl. In fact, MGM seems to like the idea of remakes more than ever, and so it is going right ahead with the new Valley Girl.
MGM has now partnered up with Paramount to finance the film, which will be directed by Clay Weiner. Who’s that? He’s a commercial director who also made the new classic (that’s a joke) movie Fred: The Movie. Read More »
Who’s the next Steve McQueen? The answer, of course, is Brendan Fraser aka no one. Hollywood producers Branko Lustig (American Gangster, Schlinder’s List) and John J. Kelly (Into the Wild) are developing a $90 million remake of the 1973 prison-break classic, Papillon, that starred a gruff McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in cool glasses. According to the trades, the lavish budget will be funded by “tax-driven investments from Spain’s Canary Islands,” where the film will be primarily shot. A director, a screenwriter and a reasonable justification for remaking this film have not been decided. Papillon currently has an 8.0 on IMDB after, oh, 20,000+ votes, and it ranks with Cool Hand Luke for one of the better Man vs Society tales where the resilient human spirit is put through absolute hell.
Who’s the next cornrowed Bo Derek in 10? The answer, of course, is Martin Lawrence as Big Momma but Hollywood has decided to give it another go and remake the 1979 old-dude-gets-lucky-hates-it movie that spawned countless posters, beachy affairs and Chris Farley Step-MILF fantasies. Blake Edwards, who directed the original, has handed over the rights and will co-produce alongside Ashok Amritraj and Patrick Aiello (that new Street Fighter). Hey ladies/Lohans: “They hope to engage in a global search for a newcomer to play the new 10.”
Like, MGM will, like, reenvision the ’80s punk cult classic, Valley Girl, as a nostalgic ’80s musical. Like, tripendicular, like like like, Hollywood is so original. The non-musical starred Nic Cage as a Hollywood punk who swoons a Valley Girl intrigued by the “gutter life” played by Deborah Foreman (who also slayed as Muffy (Buffy?) in April Fool’s Day. Man, what happened to the name Muffy?). Further details were not given.