There is much potential within the story of Showgirls, particularly if it was reworked by a female writer (or at least someone with a better understanding of women than Joe Eszterhas). To do the material justice and appease the fans, it would have to push for an NC-17 rating – but since NC-17 films don’t make much money, any studio-driven remake would likely be R-rated. This would take money, but would also defeat the entire purpose due to the original’s risqué subject matter.
Remake Risk Level: Medium. It’s not hard to make money from this, but you won’t get a good film by going the easy way.
Check back next Wednesday for our second article in our new “Risk A Remake” column.
This article was first posted on November 29, 2012