The film is already in post-production? Wow; I thought they’d only just recently started shooting. At least, that’s what Entertainment Weekly says in their on-set report, posted this morning.
This is one of 3 films that super-producer Will Packer is producing this year – Screen Gems’ remake of the 1986 rom-com, About Last Night, starring Packer’s Think Like A Man co-stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart, as well as Joy Bryant.
The original film’s synopsis:
Danny and Bernie are two single men living their lives on the wild side. But when Danny meets Debbie at a bar and the two start a relationship with a one night stand, Danny’s life takes a different turn. How does this passionate night become a full affair and what effect will this relationship have on both people and their friendship with their best mates?
Edward Zwick directed the original that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as the couple who meet (Danny and Debbie), and James Belushi played Danny’s best friend, Bernie. Elizabeth Perkins played Joan, Debbie’s best friend.
Hart plays the Belushi role; while Ealy is in the lead, originated by Rob Lowe.
Regina Hall plays the role originated on film by Elizabeth Perkins, the best friend, who has a love/hate relationship with Hart’s character.
And finally Joy Bryant plays Demi Moore’s role in the first film.
Steve Pink is directing the film.
The EW set report I referenced earlier features an interview with Kevin Hart in which he talks in-depth about his character; there’s a video, but EW doesn’t allow embedding. However, a transcript follows:
“Being a comedian, I’m very clean cut in the roles that I’ve had thus far. This was actually a role that gave me an opportunity to be a little different,” Hart told EW. “I’m filthy, filthy to the point where my language is unacceptable, my opinion is very, I guess you could say, I’m outspoken, but about the wrong topics, … and I have sex in this movie, which is great! I’ve never had sex in a film. And the fact that I’m having sex is going to make me a sex symbol. I see it all. This is a big thing for me. … Ladies, you get to see my side profile!”
There’s a bit more… but these statements suggest to me that this remake may be closer in style and content to the original play that the first film was based on – Sexual Perversity in Chicago – written by David Mamet, which I read was more caustic than the 1986 rom-com, full of profanity and jargon that reflects the working-class, presenting “intimate relationships [as] minefields of buried fears and misunderstandings.“
You can watch the full interview HERE.