Charlie’s Angels director Elizabeth Banks is set to resurrect another popular Reagan-era property, ’80s dance-comedy Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
The actress and filmmaker, whose last film was the surprise hit Cocaine Bear for Universal, is joining Village Roadshow in producing a remake of the 1985 cult fave that starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt.
Marja-Lewis Ryan, who acted as showrunner of ”The L Word: Generation Q”, is co-writing the script with Allie Romano, who was a staff writer and executive story editor on ”Generation Q”.
The original film centered on an army brat (Parker) who settles in Chicago, attends a strict Catholic high school and contends with an even stricter father at home. The girl decides to follow her passion of dance and, with the encouragement of her new best friend (Hunt), auditions for the local TV dance show. Hiding from dad, dealing with competition from a spoiled country club brat and first kisses and fights with crushes all figure into the growing up. The cast of the film also included Lee Montgomery, Jonathan Silverman, Ed Lauter and Shannen Doherty. Allan Metter directed.
Though inspired by the Cyndi Lapuer song of the same music the pop star did want to be associated with the movie and refused to let the producers use her version of the song – so they used the original version instead – in the movie.