“Ghostbusters” with an all-female cast sounds awesome, especially with that cast. Just flipping the gender of any cast could make for an interesting change of perspective given the differences in men’s and women’s experiences.
What other movies might be interesting in the genders were flipped. Like “First Husband’s Club,” which could literally be about the first husbands who got same-sex married in New York … and then divorced. Might be good with a Michael Patrick King (like a golden age “Sex and the City”) or an Andrew Haigh (like an older-generation “Looking”).
Fifty Shades of Grey was surprisingly the first thing that popped out to me.
Let’s get that all-female cast from Jason Reitman’s live-read of Glengarry Glen Ross. Could be fun.
Robin Wright, Maria Bello, Carla Gugino, Catherine O’Hara, Melanie Lynskey, Mae Whitman.
I mean, you don’t need to have that cast, of course. Throw in some Tilda Swinton or Allison Janney.
Gone Girl!!!! (Or should I say, Gone Guy?) I think it would be interesting to make it about two married men.
I would adore the idea of a nihilistic, experimental version of the Peter Schaffer play, with the two main characters played by Tilda Swinton (as Salieri) and Sally Hawkins (Mozart), where the characters aren’t seen as being female, or gender-flipped, but are simply women playing male characters.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
We hardly ever see female asylums, and I think this could be an interesting experiment in character development. Get somebody dynamic like Melissa McCarthy or Queen Latifah or Viola Davis as McMurphy, and pair her off with a dozen or so of Hollywood’s finest character actresses – the likes of Allison Janney, Amy Ryan, Melissa Leo and Jane Lynch as the other mental patients, and get someone charming but slightly sinister to play the Nurse Ratched character, someone like Jude Law, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Jackman or Mark Ruffalo, and you have a great film.
(and I only realized it now, both of these films were made originally by Milos Forman – purely a coincidence)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
I think some of the classics that are already ripe for a remake could be really interesting with a gender reversal. Something like It Happened One Night, His Girl Friday or You Can’t Take it With You could be modernized and reversed and feel very fresh.
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