Russell Brand Headlining Universal's Drop Dead Fred Remake
by Alex Billington
April 27, 2009
Another day, another remake. Universal (didn't we mention them yesterday?) will remake the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred, but of course, they're modernizing it. British hotshot actor Russell Brand is set to headline their remake, in the role of the havoc-wreaking imaginary friend that British actor Rik Mayall played. The 1991 original starred Phoebe Cates as a wallflower who loses her job and is forced to live back at home, where she's reunited with her childhood imaginary friend, who promises to help but causes more chaos. Dennis McNicholas, one of the writers of the upcoming Land of the Lost remake, will pen this.
This new take on Drop Dead Fred will be more in the tone of Beetlejuice, with a world set around the concept of imaginary friends. Someone at Universal really loves Russell Brand, because not only did he star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (which was somewhat of his breakout role in the US), but he's set to star in his own spin-off Get Him to the Greek for the studio. While more remakes are never good, and I won't be supporting this one, I'm intrigued by Universal's fascination with Russell Brand. Do people really like him that much? He was fine as an asshole in Sarah Marshall, but I don't care to see more of him. Do you?