Original release: 1979
Starring: Bill Murray, directed by Ivan Reitman
Remake release: 2011 (rumored)
Remake director: John Whitesell (Calendar Girl, Malibu’s Most Wanted)
The original: Before being sullied by a slew of non-sequitir sequels and off-shoots (extra-terrestrials, Sally Kellerman as a porn star, Corey Feldman), Meatballs was a quaint, moderately amusing camp comedy that helped kickstart the cinematic career of Bill Murray.
The proposed remake: Ivan Reitman, the original’s director, in apparently helping to produce a remake, which has been rumored since 2007. The director linked to be latest? John Whitesell, whose credits include Big Momma’s House 2 , Deck The Halls and who can forget his memorable television work in the four-part cliffhanger known as Blossom in Paris?
One of the rumored writers to be attached is Sean Anders, who directed the marginally entertaining Sex Drive.
No cast has been attached, and with the director’s resume, one can only only imagine someone like Dane Cook as the lead (only a guess, there are no rumors to support this). Expect it in 2011 at the very earliest, but with no real public announcements, casting or crew news right now ,classify this one as “cloudy…with a chance of ‘Meatballs.'”