Another ’80s classic is set to undergo the reboot treatment: Ilana Peña is attached to adapt a script of “Working Girl” for 20th Century, with Selena Gomez in final talks to star. Deadline broke the news.
As the source notes, studios are continuing to reassess the IP collected in their respective libraries, particularly since the recent success of “Top Gun: Maverick” — “20th Century sees this as a timely property and views Gomez as the perfect partner on the project.” The 1988 film, which starred Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, and Harrison Ford, tells the story of an ambitious secretary (Griffith) who assumes her boss, Katharine’s (Sigourney Weaver) identity when Katherine is recovering from a broken leg. A box office success, the pic earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress for Griffith.
It’s currently unknown how the reboot’s plot may deviate from the original.
A staff writer on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Peña went on to create the hit Disney+ series “Diary of a Future President,” on which she also served as showrunner and exec producer, and for which she directed the penultimate episode. She has since also directed on “Gordita Chronicles.”
Gomez’s most recent credits include a starring role in “Only Murders in the Building,” on which she also serves as an exec producer. She is attached to lead “In the Shadow of the Mountain,” a biopic of trailblazing Peruvian mountaineer Silvia Vásquez-Lavado based on Vásquez-Lavado’s memoir of the same name.