Russell Brand, the British comic whose appeal I don’t really get, will be starring in a remake of th 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred. I never really saw the original, but I feel like I’m not missing much.
I do remember Drop Dead Fred as being that movie at the video store whose cover showed Phoebe Cates looking over her shoulder and an upside-down guy making a really deranged face like he’d just been shot or something.
Given the title and that one image, I always felt like it was some kind of Weekend at Bernie’s rip-off, but I guess I was wrong. I’m told that the movie is about a woman (Cates) who is reuinited with her childhood imaginary friend after many years. There are all sorts of ways that this can go wrong.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Universal will be remaking the film (for some reason) and it will be written by Dennis McNicholas, a writer for this summer’s upcoming Land of the Lost adaptation with Will Ferrell.
I guess this bit of casting works. I hear that the guy in the original was British. And Brand is British. So they’ve got the British thing covered and I guess they’re on their way to greater things now.
Everyone always seems to say that Hollywood is out of good ideas anymore and I’m usually on the defensive for good ol’ Hollywood. But when we’ve taken to remaking poorly-recieved 90′s comedies, I have to scratch my head and wonder.