By now, you might know that Queen Latifah and "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman are hatching plans to remake "All of Me," the 1984 comedy classic that starred Steve Martin. But wait until you hear the name of the co-star that, if the Queen has her way, will soon be sharing a body with her.
"He is really a physical comedian, a physical actor," Latifah said of Martin, citing him as the kind of star whose exceptional career longevity could allow him to remake his own performance nearly a quarter century later. "I'm sure he could pull it off." Since starring together in "Bringing Down the House," Latifah and Martin have formed a friendship and desire to work together once again with that film's director, Adam Shankman. And now that the Oscar nominee is attached to play the dying millionaire whose soul accidentally ends up sharing a body with her lawyer, she says that Shankman and herself are hoping to talk Martin into the unprecedented move of remaking his own performance.
"I've got to talk to Adam about that," she revealed. "Because I've even thought about Steve doing it [again]. So, like, I've got to see. Adam was supposed to call him; I'm not sure if he called him yet to see if he was interested." As of now, Martin is uncommitted to the remake; in fact, Latifah isn't even sure if he knows about the project. "Somebody's got to let him know, if he didn't already read it," she explained. "I definitely want him to know about it, and see what he thinks about [doing it]."
Latifah also gave an update on the script, remaining iffy on reports that the 21st-century version would build its tension from the hostile differences between a liberal and a conservative. "Not necessarily," she said of the concept. "We have the freedom to do all that kind of stuff, and I do think there would be a lot of humor if we did put me inside of a conservative person's body."
"I'm getting a lot of pitches right now from writers who are coming up with a lot of different ways to do it," said Latifah, who will not only star in the flick but also serve as its executive producer. "I haven't decided which one we're going to go with yet. Next week, I'm supposed to sit down with the people at New Line and Adam Shankman. We're doing it with Adam's company as well, so we'll see what they came in with, and see who's going to get the job and write this thing."