Guys, they’re remaking Drop Dead Fred. I have no idea why since that movie was perfect. From Hollywood Reporter:
Universal Pictures is resurrecting the 1991 comedy “Drop Dead Fred,” this time as a starring vehicle for comedian Russell Brand.
The original starred Phoebe Cates as a wallflower who loses her job and husband during a lunch hour. Forced to move back with her mother, she’s reunited with her childhood imaginary friend (Brit actor Rik Mayall), who promises to help but causes more havoc.
Sure. Whose childhood imaginary friend didn’t dress like an extra from a Rob Schneider comedy about the merch table at heavy metal concerts (Merch at the Roxbury) and make his living off of bawdy memoirs about his sex life and drug abuse? Kids will think of anything.
Actually, I just rewatched the trailer, and the costume is literally the only thing that’s going to change:
Rik Mayall was clearly the Russell Brand of 1991. Seriously, so easy to imagine them just CGI’ing Brand right into those old scenes. Welcome back, Phoebe Cates. Now you are re-famous.
Is that in the script? IMAGINARY FRIEND MUST BE PLAYED BY LEWD ENGLISHMAN. Probably wasn’t necessary. They just had a casting meeting and everyone was like, “OK, it’s an imaginary friend, so obviously he has an English accent. That’s how you know he’s make believe. Is Dudley Moore available?”
Hollywood should change it’s name to Geniuswood, because they just get it.