The movie is also getting updated for the 21st century. In the original, Martin and Caine tried to swindle an heiress out of her fortune. In the remake, the two female scam artists, "one low rent and the other high class," set their sights on a naive tech prodigy.
The original 1998 "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" was itself a remake of the script for 1964's "Bedtime Story" with Marlon Brando.
Wilson is apparently a fan of remakes; she's also set to star in a new take on Goldie Hawn's "Private Benjamin."
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is just the latest movie to flip genders. Channing Tatum is circling a gender-reversed remake of "Splash."
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Con artist Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) is a longtime resident of a luxurious coastal resort, where he enjoys the fruits of his deceptions -- that is, until a competitor, Freddy Benson (Steve Martin), shows up. When the new guy's lowbrow tactics impinge on his own work, Jamieson resolves to get rid of him. Confident of his own duplicitous talents, Jamieson challenges Benson to a winner-takes-all competition: whoever swindles their latest mark first can stay, while the other must leave town. Read More