Given Hollywood’s current obsession with remaking and refashioning just about every other popular title from the 1980s, it’s a wonder that a Revenge of the Nerds reboot hasn’t been officially announced yet. Instead, Warner Bros. has a project in development that simply reverses the basic concept of that 1984 title – a flick dubbed Revenge of the Jocks.
Jackass franchise helmer Jeff Tremaine has signed on to make Revenge of the Jocks, his narrative feature directorial debut. He’ll work from a script that was originally penned by Rami and Etan Cohen (the latter co-wrote Tropic Thunder), but is being restructured by Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees).
THR says that the Cohens’ original screenplay “turns [‘Revenge of the Nerds’] on its head while updating it at the same time.” The plot now revolves around a trio of one-time popular high school jocks who, now being adults, are horrified to discover that the very geeks they used to harass run the world – and are all to eager to take revenge on their former tormentors.
That’s a reasonable enough concept for a comedy (nerdy types do tend to thrive in modern society – something we here at Screen Rant are all too happy about ;-)), but overall, Revenge of the Jocks sounds a bit iffy. Part of the fun behind the basic Revenge of the Nerds premise is the idea of social outcasts and misfits getting their day to shine. It might not be so easy to cheer for guys who started out looking down at the rest of the world, receive their comeuppance, and then turn around to seek their own form of payback.
Assessing Tremaine’s abilities as a filmmaker would be difficult at this point, seeing as that the Jackass movies aren’t so much about form as they are content (so to speak). Baena’s only professional movie credit is as David O. Russell’s co-writer on I Heart Huckabees, which was a very dialogue-heavy flick that harkened back to the style of old-fashioned screwball comedies – in its own quirky manner. Take that as you will.
The Cohens’ original Revenge of the Jocks script probably features more in the way of broad humor, and that likely won’t change much after Baena’s reworking. Etan’s earlier draft of the Men in Black 3 screenplay has now been restructured by two notable screenwriters, yet is still causing problems for that project; it seems a wise move on Warner Bros.’ part to bring another writing talent onboard well before filming on Revenge of the Jocks begins.
We’ll keep you posted on the development of the film as more information is released.