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By / 04.01.09

Just when you thought he couldn’t get any more overrated, The O.C., Gossip Girls, and Chuck creator Josh Schwartz has signed on to direct a remake of the 1988 Michael J. Fox/Kiefer Sutherland film Bright Lights, Big City.

The 1984 Jay McInerney novel revolves around a disillusioned magazine writer who numbs the pain of a failed marriage and writer’s block with drugs, alcohol and nightly carousing. Schwartz begins writing after he completes the script for “X-Men: First Class.”

I’ll give Schwartz this: he’s good at writing spoiled rich-kid problems. “Waah, I have writer’s block!  And my Hummer’s the wrong color!”  He should team this writer guy with an African immigrant for a good-old fashioned black-white buddy comedy.

WRITER GUY: It’s just… I’m all stressed out.  I can’t finish this latest chapter in my post-modern novel.

AFRICAN: That is a shame.  But I know how you feel.  I was born with AIDS after my mother was raped to death by rebels.

WRITER GUY:  …It’s so funny that all this is happening while Lauren’s away.

The sad part is he’s probably going to take the first part of that idea and hire Nick Cannon.


TAGSBRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITYJAY MCINERNEYJOSH SCHWARTZ

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