Walt Disney and Brett Ratner—two of the happiest places on Earth—have joined forces to remake 1984's The Flamingo Kid, with a script currently being written by hip-hop video director Nzingha Stewart, in what is probably the most telling "Brett Ratner is behind this" production detail so far. Deadline doesn't as yet have any details regarding the direction Ratner wants to take the sweetly nostalgic, Matt Dillon-starring original, which found Dillon playing a recent high school grad who takes a job at an upscale beach resort in the summer of '63, shuns his blue-collar upbringing to worship a card shark whose entire existence is defined by fast cars and loose women, only to learn that his mentor is nothing but a slick fraud getting by on flashy artifice and a shallow bag of tricks. If we had to guess, we'd say the new, Ratnerized Flamingo Kid might involve a recent high school grad who takes a job at an upscale night club, shunning his blue-collar upbringing to worship a really cool guy whose entire existence is defined by fast cars and loose women, and then they enjoy those fast cars and loose women, because fast cars and loose women are super cool. Also, he's black now.
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