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?