Hollywood paid tribute to John Hughes, who died in August of 2009, during the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night. But Hollywood, it seems, is not done with the writer/director.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that an unproduced screenplay, "Grisbys Go Broke," has been making the rounds, with Paramount, which has a long history with Hughes dating back to "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," picking at the script. The goal would be a comedy about a wealthy Chicago family that goes broke and is forced to move to the boonies to cope. Joe Roth ("Alice in Wonderland") is mentioned in a producing role.
Paramount, for its part, declines interest in bringing the script to screen.
Why wouldn't a studio be clamoring to get a Hughes film in production when his name is hot in the headlines again? While the reclusive man who made Shermer, Ill., famous was out of the spotlight for years, he continued to write and even had some work make it to film. The last of those efforts, sadly, was "Drillbit Taylor." The bomb was rewritten in part by Seth Rogen, but Hughes' name was attached under the alias Edmond Dantes.