What Women Want Is Being Remade, & Feminists Are Going to Love It
Brace yourselves, folks, because I come bearing good news. Another remake has been announced to hit theaters in 2019, and before you roll your eyes, please trust me when I say that if you're a woman, you're going to be super-excited about this remake.
So, according to Deadline, a remake of What Women Want starring Taraji P. Henson is officially happening, and it's going to take the original film in a familiar but thoroughly exciting directions. Deadline cites the synopsis thusly: "The new version [titled What Men Want] follows a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar."
Oh, so this film is basically about a woman making the most of her newfound gifts to boost her career and climb that corporate ladder and not sweat over having to fall in love? I say yes, yes and yes again to that, y'all.
It's not difficult to see why Henson is absolutely perfect for this role and why the film's original star, Mel Gibson, is absolutely not invited to the cookout. Henson has lately become best associated with roles that focus on women in positions of power, women who are smart and women who are unabashedly ambitious. Think Empire, Hidden Figures and even her upcoming film Acrimony. Basically, you don't want to mess with Henson and, if anything, the synopsis of What Men Want indicates she will be continuing her pattern of playing completely badass women.
I can't think of a remake better suited to give voice to a generation of women living and working in the world right now, women who are hustling to make their dreams happen, to climb a career ladder and even just to achieve something as simple as independence. If we're going to be faced with tons of remakes in the coming years, then why not make it meaningful, as it seems What Men Want is intent on doing? It's a foolproof move in my book.
But, alas, all good things come to those who wait. So, we'll just have to mark Jan. 11, 2019, on our calendars, because that's when What Men Want hits theaters.