I have an essay that is due next week Tuesday (4/27) before 2 PM. I have picked Hitch to be the movie that I write about.
INDUSTRIAL ASSIGNMENT #2: Remake Exercise
• Due Tuesday, April 27 at the beginning of class in the appropriate CourseDen folder. (Late papers will not be graded unless there are extenuating circumstances.)
• No length requirement, but make sure to cover all sections in clear, specific detail.
• MLA format
• Typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman
• Standard rules of paragraph construction (i.e. topic sentences, supporting quotations, appropriate transitions)
• Aim for an academic tone, not an informal one. Avoid first- and second-person (I, me, my, you, we, us, our, etc.), as well as personal narrative (“This is my favorite movie because I
remember watching it with my friends when we were kids.”)
As we’ve discussed in class, adaptation of a film can happen in numerous ways to numerous
effects. For this assignment, you will get the chance to “remake” or craft a sequel to a film (on
paper). You will be playing director, casting director, producer, editor, costume designer, art
director, and music supervisor.
Select ONE of the following films:
Casablanca Rashomon Psycho
Sunrise Jaws Baby Driver
Clueless One Night in Miami It Happened One Night
Pretty Woman Hitch Palm Springs
Incorporate the following elements into your essay, following instructions carefully.
1. Rationale: In at least one thorough paragraph, answer these questions: Why did you select this film? Why do you think it should be remade or continued with a sequel? Make
your case as an artist (how is this an exciting creative endeavor?) and make your case to
a studio head (how is it marketable – to what audience(s), when, and why?).
2. Casting: Recast at least four major characters, using individuals working in 2019. In a detailed paragraph, explain your choices – especially if you’re making a sequel to a much
3. Scene addition and subtraction: Select one or more scenes to add (you may describe or script this) and explain why you made this choice; then, select one or more scenes to cut
and, in a single paragraph, explain why you made this choice.
4. Chronology: Explain how you would reorder scenes – this can be radical or minor – and to what effect in at least one paragraph.
5. Historical time period or regional context: Place the film in a time period at least ten years away from the original or place the film in another regional context. In at least one
paragraph, explain why you think this is a worthwhile change and how it would
transform the impact of the film.
6. Costuming: Thematize the “look” of one major character in a manner very different from the original. Consider hair and makeup, fashionability, color, fit,
masculinity/androgyny/femininity, age-appropriateness, region-appropriateness, fabric,
garment selection, and anything else you think is relevant to recreating that character, and
then explain your choices in one paragraph. Your choices must include considerations
beyond those in #5. Please include images.
7. Set design: Select one major set that appears in the film to transform. Explain why you chose that particular set and the ways in which you would change it in a single paragraph.
Please include images.
8. Props-mastering: Online, find at least three props that belong in the film and include the images in your document. In a detailed paragraph, explain how you see each prop used
and why that specific object would be appropriate.
9. Music supervision: Select at least three songs or pieces of music that you feel would be appropriate for inclusion and where you would place them in the film. In a detailed
paragraph, explain your reason for including these songs and your reason for placing
them at those moments. If the film you’re remaking already contains iconic music, how
does this complicate matters? Do you keep the original version? Do a new interpretation?
Omit it entirely?
10. Conclusion: In at least one thorough paragraph, make your closing statement for why this film needs to be made, including potential difficulties along the way.
November 21, 2019
Pretty Woman is a classic romantic comedy released in 1990. Romcoms in the 90’s
consisted of two white heterosexuals from two different worlds who you would never imagine
being together, ending up falling in love. Yet, what filmmakers failed to apply in these films is
diversity. Pretty Woman has a lot potential to add diversity and to refine it to fit into modern
society. Even in today’s culture, the main actors in romantic comedies are hardly ever from the
Latino Hispanic race. Remaking Pretty woman into a more diverse and modern romcom would
make it more prevalent to society and would be out of stereotypes usually made in romcoms.
Mujer Bonita would not only target white people, but Hispanics and African Americans also,
bringing more audiences to watch and relate to the film.
Mujer Bonita will star Jennifer Lopez (figure #1) instead of Julia Roberts and Michael
Ealy (figure #2) instead of Richard Gere. Megan Fox (figure #3) will be Jennifer Lopez’s
roommate instead of Laura San Giacomo. Michael Ealy is perfect for the character of Edward
Lewis who will now be named Chris Lewis. Ealy has been in multiple movies involving romance
for example, The Perfect Guy, Think like a Man Too, About Last Night, etc. He is the perfect fit
for Mujer Bonita because of his charming looks and his experience in romcoms. He will also be
making Mujer Bonita more diverse acting alongside Lopez. She is a beautiful actress who has
been in ten romance films, allowing her to grow and gain experience in this genre. Lopez is also
a musical artist, so knowing how to dance and sing allows her to play her part as a stripper in
Mujer Bonita to the best of her abilities. Lopez shows her skills in acting as a stripper in the film
Hustlers where she brings her talent to a whole new level by the way she takes control and
portrays her part to her greatest potential. Her character’s name in Mujer Bonita will be Jane
Rodriguez and her best friend will be portrayed by Fox, whose name will be Joanna Martinez
instead of Kit de Luca. Fox would best suit the part of Lopez’s best friend because of her part in
the movie Transformers. She is an alluring actor and her character in Transformers was very
provocative, allowing her to be suitable for the stripper best friend in Mujer Bonita. The fourth
character change for Mujer Bonita is Jason Alexander, known as Phillip Stuckey in the film
Pretty Woman. Instead of Alexander, Channing Tatum (figure #4) will play the part, renamed
Zack Humphries in Mujer Bonita. He’s a charming actor who can play the part based on his
work in Magic Mike, Dear John, and other films which fits him right into this character. Lastly,
Mujer Bonita will add a new character, Jane’s mother, played by Ivonne Coll, a great actor who
has been in multiple tv shows showing off her culture, speaking Spanish, and adding in that
ethnic touch that every film needs.
Mujer Bonita will take place in modern day east Miami. In this time period it has become
normal for people to go to clubs, or for woman to showcase their bodies, or for men and woman
to do whatever it takes to get money, even if it means scamming people or objectifying women’s
bodies. The strip club where Jane Rodriguez works will be called La Bare Miami (figure #5).
Miami is known for its nightlife and large Latino and Hispanic population. This change is
worthwhile because it’s very explicit and raw, from the way it depicts the environment of Miami
and the love story coming from two different ethnicities.
Mujer Bonita will be quite different from Pretty Woman. Chris Lewis will be an
immigration attorney instead, but also do some sketchy business affairs on the side allowing him
to be the millionaire he is. He travels to Miami for an appointment attempting to suspend
deportation for his client. Jane Rodriguez is a citizen but fears her mother’s status now that ICE
is at every location in the US. Deleting the breakfast scene from Pretty Woman allows more
curiosity and suspicion on Chris Lewis’s job. Instead of Vivian asking, “So what do you do?”
Mujer Bonita will be substituting a scene where Jane Rodriguez leaves right at sunrise because
she receives a call from her best friend Joanna saying that ICE will be in downtown Miami.
While Jane creeps out of Chris’s bedroom, she passes by some papers where it reveals he is an
immigration attorney and rushes out. Little did Jane know, Chris heard her on the phone. Adding
a new scene, where there is crosscutting between both Jane and Chris, Jane is at her mother’s
house warning her to keep her head low. Janes mother doesn’t know she strips because Jane lies
to her saying she works at an office, but does her best to maintain her mother, providing the most
she can for her. Janes mother begs her to seek help at her “office” to ask if anyone can help, but
Jane refuses to go back to Chris since she had slept with him for money. Chris is on his way over
to where he first saw Jane hoping to see her to make a deal with her. He needed a literal beck and
call girl and after last night he couldn’t just forget about her. He finds her and that’s when he
purchases Jane for the rest of the week for $3,000 and gives her money to buy new clothes since
she couldn’t be wearing what she usually wears to business affairs. She tries to deny the money
and simply just ask for his help as an attorney for her mom. He said he would see how well she
does her job for this week and see if he can. Jane was glad because now she will dress more
appropriately which can lead her mother to believe she works at an office and now has a chance
at allowing her mother to have an attorney. The ending not only allows them to be together
happily ever after, but also shows paperwork where Chris will be Jane’s mother’s advocate.
The chronology will mostly stay the same. The only minor change will be that in Mujer
Bonita, the beginning of the film will start with Jennifer Lopez, then crosscutting to Michael
Ealy’s life. This change will benefit the film drawing more attention and hooking the audience
right from the start of the film. The film’s title is Mujer Bonita, so showing Jennifer Lopez the
first seconds of the film shows you who the “pretty lady” is and gives insight on her life and
what she does right from the start.
Jennifer Lopez playing the character of Jane Rodriguez, the protagonist in Mujer Bonita,
will be costumed in different ways. She will be different from Vivian in Pretty Woman. Jane will
have a more modern look to fit the time period she is in. She will appear in the first scenes in
scandalous outfits matching her job title, a stripper (figure #6). Even more revealing than that,
she will have two pieces on as well. Jennifer Lopez will appear younger than she is (50 years
old). Making her look younger for the character of Jane, makeup will be at a minimum. The less
and lighter makeup, the better. Soft tones, like a soft bronzer on the cheeks, a highlight on her
cheekbones, less dramatic eyebrows, and no lipstick unless Jane is stripping (only in the
beginning of the film). Lopez will have her luscious natural curly hair just like Julia Roberts,
which matches perfectly (figure #7 and #8). After Chris Lewis gives Jane money to transform
her into a “pretty woman,” Jane will purchase clothes from New York and Company, Gucci,
Zara, and will look even more beautiful (see figures #9 #10 and #11).
The set design for Edward Lewis’s penthouse will look completely different. In the film
Pretty Woman, his penthouse looked very outdated yet fancy (figure #12), but in Mujer Bonita,
Chris Lewis will have a beach house since this takes place in downtown Miami, and it will look
very modern (figure 13). This set design is more suitable for Mujer Bonita since it matches the
modernism in 2019. Interior designs have changed since 1990. Most luxurious designs have
white and grey, keeping it simple looks classier and makes the room look more spacious and
cleaner, also having natural light instead of yellow toned lights like in Pretty Woman.
Three props that are significant and important to the film is the necklace (figure #13), the
stick shift car (figure #14), and the credit card (figure #15). All three of these props were
significant because they all played a meaning into the film. With out the stick shift car, Edward
would have never found his way to Vivian. Edward needed some sort of transportation and
Vivian also saw him struggling, and surprisingly knew how to drive stick shift and taught him.
The credit card showed significance, since the whole film is based on money. Without money,
the two wouldn’t have met, opposites attract, she was desperate for money, and he had more than
enough of it. Lastly, the most meaningful prop is the necklace he gave her right before going to
the opera house when she asked if she looked alright and he said there was one thing missing and
took out the box of a quarter of a million-dollar necklace. This was the stage of their romance
blossoming. These three props were all meaningful and contributed very well into the film.
The three different song choices incorporate a different genre of music reflecting modern
tastes. In the scene where Edward is trying to drive the stick shift, the new song will be “OTW”
by Khalid ft 6lack, Ty Dolla $ign. This song is very distinct and fits the scene perfectly as it
literally means Edward is on the way to meet his so called happily ever after. “7 Rings” by
Ariana Grande will be playing in the scene where Vivian goes shopping finally and ends up
going back to the place where the salesperson wouldn’t give her any service. This song is
energetic and matches perfectly with the scene as well. The last song choice is a Spanish song
called “Besame” by Camila. which means “kiss me.” This song will match the scene where
Vivian and Edward kiss for the first time and make love. The song is very passionate and will go
perfect with the scene. Adding this Spanish song also backs up the purpose of Mujer Bonita
being a diverse film.
Mujer Bonita needs to be made because it will bring more audiences to watch this film.
Romance is targeted for anyone, but mostly teenagers and young adults of all races will come to
watch, including Latinos and Hispanics. There may be some difficulties in the way of making
this film for example, being able to film in Miami due to weather issues or seeing if this fits
around Lopez’s schedule since she has a lot on her plate. Having the iconic Jennifer Lopez acting
along with the three other well-known actors also brings more fans and audiences to watch the
film. Adding some Hispanic diversity to the film would make it successful since not a lot of
films embrace that. Allowing some diversity to this love story and breaking the romcom
stereotype makes it more romantic as it shares different cultures. Mujer Bonita will be a big hit.
Figure #1 Figure #2 Figure#3
Figure #4 Figure #5
La Bare Miami
Figure #12 Figure#13
#13 Figure #14
To the left are figures #9 #10 #11
Transformation of style
Prop: Stick shift car
Prop: Credit card