Chris Rock Writing & Producing Comedy Remake 'Elisabeths'
by Ethan Anderton
January 13, 2010
After seeing the painstakingly unfunny trailer for the remake of Death at a Funeral from Chris Rock, it pains me to hear that he's now set his sight on foreign films as Variety reports the once-groundbreaking comedian has nabbed the English-language rights to write and produce a remake of the French film La Premiere etoile (or The First Star). Even further evidence that Hollywood is desperate to remake anything and everything, the original was only released last year. Retitled Elisabeths, the comedy follows a black family who leaves their working class hood to take to the ski slopes and shake things up in a stuffy resort.
The comedy is said to have broad social points, which I interpret to mean having the same social and racial commentary that Rock has instilled in his stand-up and feature film ventures. And while that hasn't always been a bad thing (at least in his stand-up venues), almost all of his self-produced/written films have been lacking in quality comedy. However, if Rock can continue making more unique films akin to his successful documentary Good Hair, then I might be inclined to show some excitement for any of his forthcoming projects. But for now, I remain uninterested. You guys have any love for Chris Rock's film career?
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
chris rock is a brilliant comedian as far as his stand-up work is concerned. but,i can't stress how awful this movie sounds.
beavis on Jan 13, 2010
Screw you Ethan I liked the Death at a Funeral trailer by Rock.
Vincent on Jan 13, 2010
yeah, no...ever since his most recent stand-up I find myself not liking him at all.
Xerxex on Jan 13, 2010
I like the Funeral Trailer and the first one too, it might not be that bad, it will be WAY better than that Wolverine Bullshit...
Stan 'The Viewers Choice' (Facebook me) on Jan 13, 2010
As much as I love Rock's stand-up, I can't say I ever bought him as an actor. I do disagree with you about the Death at a Funeral though. His version looks pretty good, considering how hard it is to translate British comedy for a U.S. audience.
kevjohn on Jan 14, 2010
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