Monday, June 17, 2024

Melanie Griffith’s Daughter Dakota: “Cherry 2000” Redux?


Can it be? Next year is the 25th anniversary of one my favorite bad movies, “Cherry 2000.” This post-apocalyptic thriller starred a pre-“Working Girl” Melanie Griffith as a bounty hunter. She helps Sam, played by David Andrews, journey into a forbidden zone where model Cherry 2000 android wives are stored. Sam’s own model has died, or given out, and he wants the same one again. This is sort of like me trying to find another Motorola v9 Razr2 phone instead of getting a smart phone.

Anyway, producer Ed Pressman–one of the good guys in the movie business–is talking remake. And Melanie Griffith has suggested her daughter, Dakota Johnson, whose dad is Don Johnson, play her role. Dakota recently appeared in “The Social Network” as the girl who realizes she’s just slept with Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). It’s not such a far fetched idea. Pressman is considering it, I’m told, and putting together some ideas for the remake including a director. Who directed the original? A guy named Steve De Jarnatt who went on to direct a lot of episodic TV but has no credits on the imdb since 2006. He published a short story in 2009 in “The Best American Short Stories.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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