Twenty years on, Freaky Friday is set for a sequel, with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis reportedly in negotiations with Disney Films to reprise their roles in the 2003 body-swap comedy. In that film, Anna and Tess Coleman, a mother and daughter, wake up one Friday morning to discover they’re living in each other’s bodies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elyse Hollander will be the scriptwriter for the upcoming sequel, which is based on a 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers. The 2003 adaptation, which grossed $160 million globally, was directed by Mark Waters from a script by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon.
Rumors about the potential sequel began spreading earlier this year when Curtis posted a photo of herself and Lohan on Instagram with the caption, “It’s Friday. I’m just sayin! Freaky fingers crossed!” Curtis later confirmed things in a February 26 interview when she told producers, “It’s going to happen.
Curtis was recently quoted in the New York Times as saying she continues to get questions about a Freaky Friday sequel. “Something really touched a chord,” she said. When I came back [from my promotional tour for Halloween 2022], I called my friends at Disney and said, ‘It feels like there’s a movie to be made.’”
Lohan has recently been making films again, such as the romantic comedy Falling for Christmas, one of two pictures she’s made for Netflix. She was also quoted in the Times as saying: “Jamie and I are both open to [a sequel], so we’re leaving it in the hands that be. We would only make something that people would absolutely adore.”
This will be the third time Mary Rodgers’s novel will have been adapted for the silver screen: one in 1976 that starred Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, and on in 1995 that featured Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman. The 2003 version, however, was by far the most lucrative at the box office.