Russell Brand Starring in a 'Drop Dead Fred' Remake

April 28, 2009

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Guess what. There's this now:

Universal is resurrecting "Drop Dead Fred," this time as a starring vehicle for Russell Brand.

Dennis McNicholas, one of the writers of Universal's upcoming "Land of the Lost," will pen the remake.

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.

Yeah, everyone is always talking about how Drop Dead Fred fell short of its full potential. What happened, Drop Dead Fred? DDF was the at the top of his class until he got into drugs between his junior and senior years, metaphorically. Really, such a shame the movie was critically and commercially rejected, because otherwise it could have been really good.

Honestly, I'm so dumbfounded that someone even thought to remake Drop Dead Fred that I can barely piece together any sort of sensible reaction. Except: wouldn't combining an imaginary friend movie with the tone and universe of Beetlejuice just end up creating a remake of the Fred Savage/Howie Mandel monster-under-the-bed thesis Little Monsters? I think Universal bought the wrong rights.

Universal remaking 'Drop Dead Fred' [THR]

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