Movies & TV

Remake of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead In Development

May 22, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

The 1991 cult classic Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead is getting a remake. Deadline has the news that the Christina Applegate-starring comedy will be getting redone by Treehouse Pictures, who are looking to turn the film into a modern-day set film centered on a black family. Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) is writing and Bille Woodruff (Beauty Shop) will direct.

The original film starred Applegate as Sue Ellen Crandell, a 17 year-old who takes charge of her siblings when their mother leaves town and the babysitter suddenly in her sleep. While not a hit upon its theatrical release, its audience and esteem have grown quite a bit in the following years thanks to TV and home video.

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead is an iconic cult classic,” said Treehouse president Justin Nappi in a statement. “We look forward to bringing audiences a new interpretation that is as funny and outrageous as the original but also smart and connected to the world today.”

Executive producer Michael Phillips, who also worked as an EP on the original, said, “I’m amazed at how many people can quote dialogue from the original film, and I think this team has a fresh and modern approach to the story that will resonate in a brand-new way.”