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.