Universal Pictures has announced that they are developing a remake of Drop Dead Fred for Russell Brand to star in. Saturday Night Live writer Dennis McNicholas has been hired to develop the project for Brand. McNicholas most recently wrote Land of the Lost for Will Ferrell and director Brad Silberling. THR says the plan is to remake the movie in the tone of Beetlejuice, “building a universe around the concept of imaginary friends.” Whatever that means.
Well, I can definitely see Russell Brand as a maniacal imaginary friend, but I wish he was doing something else.
UDPATE: Russell Tweeted this morning:
Drop Dead Fred - true. Arthur - true, Kinky Bible - a film I will never make.Russell in an Arthur remake is definitely something I'd like to see!