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question of the day: John Hughes’ unproduced script: produce it, or not?

The Hollywood Reporter revealed, in the wake of the Oscar tribute to John Hughes on Sunday night, that there exists, in that ghostly nethworld of Unproduced Scripts, one last story from the filmmaker waiting for its moment on the screen… or not.

The script, titled Grisbys Go Broke, is apparently about “a wealthy Chicago family that loses everything and is forced to move to the sticks,” says THR. What’s more:

Word crept out Friday that Paramount, which has a long history with Hughes, was picking up the script with hope of turning it into a family comedy with Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland”) producing.

However, the studio told THR that it is not negotiating to purchase the screenplay…

John Hughes’ unproduced script: produce it, or not? Good idea, or bad? As THR notes, the most recent produced script credited (albeit pseudonymously) to Hughes though rewritten by others was Drillbit Taylor, which was not a hit. But could a new old Hughes script work today? Or is it better to leave Hughes in the 1980s?

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