Six months on from the moment MGM secured Pitch Perfect‘s Rebel Wilson, Deadline is reporting today that Anne Hathaway has entered negotiations to climb aboard the studio’s female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Steve Martin and Michael Caine headlined Frank Oz’s original slapstick comedy back in ’88 but this time, it is Hathaway and Wilson that are seemingly poised to take point as two scam artists who put social differences to one side in order to steal a small fortune from a wildly successful tech prodigy. Hilarity and some good old-fashioned hustling ensue, and we understand that Jac Schaeffer – who last collaborated with Hathaway for Warner’s alien comedy The Shower – is attached to pen the screenplay for MGM. No word yet on who will direct the remake, but Deadline notes that Rebel Wilson has also signed on to produce alongside Roger Birnbaum.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is now beginning to take shape at MGM, though there’s currently no mention of release window or even a director to take point at the helm. As for Anne Hathaway, the actress is coming hot off Nacho Vigalondo’s unusual sci-fi pic Colossal, and will soon toast to honor among thieves in the Gary Ross-directed Ocean’s Eight. Look for that one to debut on June 8, 2018.
Meanwhile, Rebel Wilson is set to reunite with Anna Kendrick and the remainder of the Barden Bellas when Pitch Perfect 3 hits theaters on December 22 of this year. Filming is already underway on Universal’s musical threequel, so get ready for more a capella before the year is out.