EXCLUSIVE: Treehouse Pictures has set in motion what it’s describing as a diverse remake of 1991 coming-of-age comedy, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, which is being written by Chuck Hayward with Bille Woodruff attached to direct. Hayward’s take is a present-day retelling centered around a black family.
Treehouse’s Justin Nappi and Juliet Berman are producing along with Oren Segal. Executive producers are Michael Phillips, also an executive producer on the original, Juliana Maio and Tova Laiter.
The original, which was directed by Stephen Herek, starred Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, and Josh Charles. It follows Sue Ellen Crandell, a teenager who is forced to take charge of her four younger siblings when their mom leaves town and the wicked babysitter her mother hired suddenly dies. Despite the fact that the film wasn’t a huge success critically and commercially, it amassed a significant cult following.
Woodruff is currently directing Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha and has directed episodes of Star, Claws, and Black Lightning. He’s the director behind such films as Beauty Shop, The Perfect Match, and Honey. Chuck penned the Netflix film, Step Sisters and he also served as a supervising producer on ABC’s Mixed-ish, which was just renewed for season 2, and previously worked on Dear White People.
Woodruff is repped by APA, manager Adena Chawke, and Lichter Grossman Nichols, while Hayward’s reps are APA, Heroes and Villains Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen et al.
Treehouse’s film canon includes That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, Sand Castle with Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill, and Set It Up starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Liu.
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