Universal To Remake ‘Drop Dead Fred’
No joke like the second after seeing Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I knew I was forever in love with Russell Brand! This guy’s stand up comedy is beyond hysterical and, in his own way he is really damn sexy! Anyways back to my point… this morning The Hollywood Reporter blogged that, Russell Brand will star in the remake of Universal’s Drop Dead Fred.
Dennis McNicholas, one of the writers of Universal’s upcoming “Land of the Lost,” will pen the remake. Marc Platt is producing via his studio-based Marc Platt Prods. along with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
The 1991 original starred Phoebe Cates as a wallflower who loses her job and husband during the course of a lunch hour. Forced to live back home, she’s reunited with her childhood imaginary friend (Brit actor Rik Mayall), who promises to help but causes more havoc.
Produced by PolyGram and Working Title, the first “Fred” was critically drubbed and commercially unsuccessful. But it did achieve a certain cult status and is considered a film that fell short of its full potential.
The take for the new “Fred” is to make a film in the tone of “Beetlejuice,” building a universe around the concept of imaginary friends. Brand would play the trouble-making pal.
I personally was a huge fan of this movie as a kid and can’t wait to see what kind of twist Russell’s comedy will bring.