Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson has signed up to star in What Men Want, a remake of the 2000 comedy What Women Want.
The Paramount Pictures project, set up under the studio’s newly formed Paramount Players division, is quickly coming together. A director and producing team have been locked in, pre-production is now going ahead, and a U.S. release has been scheduled for January 11, 2019.
Variety broke the news, reporting that the film is to be directed by Adam Shankman, whose feature credits include The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember, The Pacifier, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Rock of Ages; a mixed bag, if you will. Will Packer (Ride Along, Straight Outta Compton) and James Lopez (Girls Trip) are producing, with Shankman also on board as executive producer.
Directed by Nancy Myers and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, What Women Want told of a male marketing exec who, after a freak accident, finds himself able to hear women’s thoughts. As the title of the new film suggests, the roles are reversed this time around.
According to Variety, the film will find Henson playing a “sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.” Hearing guys’ thoughts? Sounds like an all-out horror film for women.
After What Men Want, Shankman will reportedly be tackling Disenchanted, a sequel to Disney’s 2007 hit Enchanted. Amy Adams is expected to reprise the lead role.