Selena Gomez is bringing back a 1980s classic film in what seems to be a trend of rebooting films and shows from the ’80s and ’90s including Father of the Bride and Saved by the Bell. The 1988 comedy film Working Girl starring Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith is getting a reboot, according to Deadline sources, and Gomez is in negotiations to produce. Screenwriter Ilana Peña (Diary of a Future President) is reportedly adapting the script. The iconic film tells the story of an ambitious secretary (Griffith) who temporarily takes her boss’s (Weaver) job after she was injured and exceeds expectations. When the secretary pitches a great idea, her boss attempts to take credit. The exact plot points for this reboot are unknown but considering its empowering message and strong female presence it’s likely that will be a huge part of this film. There are currently no additional details available but Deadline reported that it will likely premiere on Hulu.
This would be another producing credit for Gomez who recently became the third Latina to be nominated as an executive producer for Outstanding Comedy Series for Only Murders in the Building. Salma Hayek was nominated for Ugly Betty in 2007, and Marlis Pujol received nods for The Kominsky Method in 2020 and 2021. Gomez currently executive produces and stars in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building which also received a Best Comedy Emmy nom. She is also starring and producing the HBO Max reality series Selena + Chef and she’s producing a Spanish-language true-crime docuseries with Univision entitled Mi Vecino, El Cartel (‘The Cartel Among Us’).
Peña was the showrunner of the beloved Disney+ series Diary of a Future President which she also executive produced until its cancellation in Dec. 2021. She was a staff writer on the musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and she’s also currently writing My Daughter’s Quinceañera, in collaboration with Eva Longoria.
In the wake of the recent cancellation of Gordita Chronicles and Batgirl starring Leslie Grace getting shelved it’s some consolation to see two Latinas coming together for a reboot of such an iconic film. No word on if Gomez will also star in the film but having two Latinas running the show is a huge step. A report released by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in partnership with National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and Wise Entertainment looks at the representation of Latinxs in front and behind the camera. They found that Latinx directors make up only 4 percent and just 3 percent of producers, 78 of those credits were held by Latinos and 19 were held by Latinas.