Hollywood’s love of reboots and remakes has already resurrected 1980s properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Robocop. However, while titles such as these have developed long-term fanbases in the past and possess enduring genre appeal, other decades-old projects are far more difficult to sell to modern audiences.
The runaway success of the big screen take on 21 Jump Street proved that the right approach to the material and a strong team both in front of and behind the camera can make even the most dated project connect with audiences. Now, it looks like Disney Channel – the very same network currently revisiting the past with its Girl Meets World series – is developing a TV movie based on 1987 comedy Adventures in Babysitting.
The original film starred Elizabeth Shue as a teenager who ends up inadvertently dragging the kids she’s babysitting on a series of misadventures. It also served as the directorial debut for Chris Columbus, who went on to direct mega-hits like Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and the first two Harry Potter films. Notably, it features a young Vincent D’Onofrio as Thor, God of Thunder (sort of).
However, the new TV movie – titled Further Adventures in Babysitting – will revamp that premise to focus on a pair of babysitters (played by Sabrina Carpenter of Girl Meets World and Sofia Carson of MTV’s Faking It) forced to venture into the city to retrieve one of the kids they were watching. John Schulz, whose most recent directorial effort was the similarly kid-friendly Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, will direct the film, based on a screenplay by Tiffany Paulsen (Nancy Drew). At this point, there’s no news of when it will hit the airwaves.
Fans of the original film might not be pleased to see it retooled into a Disney Channel movie directed squarely at the tween set, but it’s not hard to see why the network would be keen to leverage the cult classic status of the Columbus film and tailor it to their target demographic, especially putting the star of one of its current series in the lead.
While it might not be for everyone, Further Adventures in Babysitting could prove to be an interesting experiment for the Disney Channel. If it manages to find an audience, the network may very well reach into its archives to find other projects it can retool for today’s kids (and, presumably, their parents).
Further Adventures in Babysitting will debut on a yet-to-be-determined date on the Disney Channel.
Source: Disney Channel