Father of the Bride has seen a couple of different movie iterations already in a story about a dad unwilling to part (such as it were) with his daughter when she’s engaged to be married. It’s a familiar concept, especially in comedies, with the laughs mined from a father who is a little too over-the-top with his protective nature. Now it looks like we are going to get another remake of the movie, this time with a Latinx focus. Father of the Bride is getting another go around with Warner Bros. greenlighting the project.
This next iteration of Father of the Bride, from Warner Bros., will be directed by Gaz Alazraki and feature a Latinx cast at the heart of the story. It will be told within a Cuban-American family and be along the lines of the first two movies with the aforementioned father coming to grips with the idea that he’s “losing” his daughter when she gets married. The plans are to focus the script on the two’s relationship as well as with the larger family.
Gaz Alazraki is a Mexican director, responsible for the comedy We are the Nobles (Nosotros los Nobles) which is among the best-received box office movies in the country. He also optioned the series Club de Cuervos to Netflix. In 2014, it was the first Spanish-speaking series ever produced by the streaming company. He’s also currently filming a series, Acapulco, for Apple TV+. It will be a bilingual production starring Eugenio Derbez as a resort worker. There’s a great deal of optimism Alazraki can bring a new voice to Father of the Bride while also maintaining a ton of laughs.
Father of the Bride has seen two versions hit the screen before. It originally came out in 1950 and starred Spencer Tracy in the lead role. The film was an adaptation of a book of the same name. It was well-received and followed Tracy’s character, Stanley T. Banks, as he recounts the events leading up to his daughter’s, somewhat surprising, wedding.
The film was then remade in 1991 with Steve Martin in the lead role. It’s a film full of hijinks as Martin’s George Banks works overtime to sabotage both the impending marriage of his daughter while also submarining her relationship with the newfound beau. It’s a silly film overall but did perform well with critics, hitting 70% on the Tomatometer and made a solid $90 million at the box office on a $20 million budget.
And Father of the Bride’s relative success did lead to a sequel, Father of the Bride II. This one though, wasn’t as well-received, earning fewer dollars at the box office on a more expensive budget while also hitting only 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s good to see studios are still willing to put resources into bigger, ensemble comedies when the moment is right. This could the case with Father of the Bride getting a whole new look and an update for the modern-day. It will bring a new audience and tone to a “classic” film.