The Hustle is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Chris Addison and written by Jac Schaeffer. It is a female-centered remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which is itself a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, and Dean Norris. The film is scheduled to be released on May 10, 2019 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Since MGM has a new movie out on Thursday (Fighting With My Family) and Rebel Wilson has a new movie out tomorrow (Isn’t It Romantic), it makes sense that we’re getting a trailer for MGM and Rebel Wilson’s next movie. In this case, it’s a gender-swapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. We should remember that the 1988 Steve Martin/Michael Caine comedy was itself a remake of a 1964 Marlon Brando/David Niven film called Bedtime Stories. So, this is technically the third cinematic version of this specific tale, one that again changes the title so that it’s not technically cashing in on the 1988 flick and its generational popularity.
For many folks watching this trailer or reading about the movie prior to its May 10, 2019 debut, it’ll be a “new to me” original. Not unlike Ocean’s 8 (which was a follow-up to the Soderbergh-directed remake of Ocean’s 11 and its two sequels), The Hustle is swapping genders on an oft-told tale to present itself as something still (unfortunately unique) in the marketplace.
As much as I might want to opine for the days when a movie like Heartbreakers (starring Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as mother/daughter con artists) were more par for the course, it’s not like that 2001 comedy was a huge hit ($57 million worldwide on a $35m budget) in its day.