Remember the 2000 Nancy Meyers comedy What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt? It now has a remake, with a twist. What Men Want finds Taraji P. Henson suddenly able to read men’s thoughts, with predictably amusing results. Watch the What Men Want trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Fred Topel
Taraji P. Henson stars in the upcoming What Men Want, a gender flipped remake of the Nancy Meyers comedy What Women Want. The original starred Mel Gibson as a sexist playboy executive who gains the power to hear women’s thoughts. At first, it helps him placate them to serve his own needs, but ultimately he comes to understand women and become a better man. With Overboard and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels also getting gender swapped, What Women Want seems like a ripe candidate for mining new stories out of the premise.
Max Greenfield plays one of the men in What Men Want and /Film spoke with him after a TCA panel for his new CBS show The Neighborhood. Here’s what he had to say about his character and why he wanted to support the film.
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Did you know Paramount is creating a new riff on Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy What Women Want? This one is called What Men Want, and it stars Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) in the lead role as a woman who can suddenly hear the thoughts of every man she comes in contact with. That already sounds a hundred times better than the original, which, if you’ll recall, starred Mel Gibson as a mind-reading womanizer. (History was not kind to that film.)
But now, the new movie has gained a hilarious new cast member: former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan. Read about the new Tracy Morgan What Men Want character below.
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Assuming that the majority of this information is valid, there are going to be about two dozen worth of news stories crammed in one here, so brace yourselves.
According to a leaked email exposing Paramount’s upcoming movie slate, they’re going to be pretty busy over the next few years, working on a slew of potentially promising projects that are either set to go ahead or awaiting further script developments. Find out which of their films you have to look forward to after the break. Read More »