The ’80s weren’t just a time of unforgettable high school comedies and badass action flicks. They were also a time of some truly memorable workplace comedies. 9 to 5, Broadcast News, Gung Ho, and so many more captured the mood of the working class on the big screen. And another that holds a special place is Working Girl, and since Hollywood can’t resist remaking movies of this era (see also: Road House), it’s time to go back to the office.
Variety reports that Selena Gomez is in talks to star in a Working Girl reboot for 20th Century Studios. The original 1988 film was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Melanie Griffith as an ambitious secretary who takes charge of the company while her boss is out with an injury. She does an amazing job, only to find the boss is quick to take credit for her work. The film also starred Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver.
Gomez is on fire right now with Hulu’s hit series Only Murders in the Building, which was just renewed for a third season.
Working Girl is a classic that earned six Oscar nominations and won four Golden Globes. I’d be curious how it stands up now. The “blue collar dreamer makes good” theme was thick in the ’80s, but the way we work has changed considerably and has the way that we create our opportunities for advancement.
Expect the studio to get moving on this soon to capitalize on Gomez’s hot streak.