Just try to accept that Jonah Hill is this generation's Elizabeth Shue. I guess that should have him co-starring with Jaden Smith in this summer's "Karate Kid" redo. But that is not the case, nor is he likely to be splashing under waterfalls in the Caribbean with Taylor Lautner (today's Tom Cruise, I've been told) for a modern day "Cocktail." What Hill is doing is taking Shue's role in a semi-remake of "Adventures in Babysitting."
According to The Hollywood Reporter Hill will star as the title character in "The Sitter," an unofficial update of the 1987 comedy which gave the world its introduction to future "Rent" lead Anthony Rapp, a taste of what The Mighty Thor might look like on the big screen (as played by Vincent D'Onofrio) and the first of two Keith Coogan movies with babysitter-related titles. Oh, and it's the movie that inspired many drunken pleas for friends to stay out at the bar by utterance of the memorable line, "nobody leaves this place without singing the blues."
Unfortunately, since that original movie was a Touchstone production and "The Sitter" is at Fox, we probably won't get to see Hill, along with the three "eccentric" kids he's watching, sing a new rendition of "Babysittin' Blues." Which would certainly now be titled "Babysittin' Rap" instead. I guess we'll just have to settle on the hope that the upcoming official remake/sequel "Further Adventures in Babysitting," starring Raven Symone, goes there instead. Oh snap.
In talks now to direct "The Sitter" is David Gordon Green, a brilliant filmmaker formerly thought to be this generation's Terrence Malick who is now disappointingly focused on stoner comedies ("Pineapple Express" and this fall's "Your Highness"). Green would be taking the project over from Jonathan Levine, who is instead working with Hill's buddy Seth Rogen on (the to-be-retitled) "I"m With Cancer."
I've heard in the past that this movie is supposed to be more crass and foulmouthed, a la "Superbad," than the 22-year-old "Adventures in Babysitting." But there's sure to be nothing as perfectly shocking -- in context -- as Shue's classic line, "nobody f--ks with the babysitter."
Do you think this sounds too much like a remake for a project that's not officially such? Can you imagine putting Jonah Hill in charge of your kids?