Dimension Remaking Richard Curtis' Bernard and the Genie

April 16, 2010
Source: Pajiba

Bernard and the Genie

I just re-watched Pirate Radio (or rather, The Boat That Rocked) on Blu-Ray a few days ago and enjoyed it as much as when I first saw it. I love Richard Curtis, he's one of my favorite British directors. He started his entertainment industry career as a screenwriter and one of his scripts was a 1991 television movie called Bernard and the Genie. You probably know why I'm telling you about this - because they're remaking it. Pajiba is reporting that Dimension Films is going to turn Bernard and the Genie into a feature film. Richard Curtis is at least producing and has written the feature script, but won't be directing it (as far as we know).

The film, which just barely pre-dates Aladdin (1992), is a comedy about an art dealer who loses his job and his girlfriend only to stumble upon a magic lamp that unleashes a genie that's been trapped inside for 2000 years. Things start to go horribly wrong though when Bernard wishes for one of the most famous paintings in the world and the police think he stole it. The cast included Rowan Atkinson, Alan Cumming and Lenny Henry as "Josephus the Genie." This sounds terrible, so why remake it? Probably because there's already a genie movie starring Miley Cyrus' seen-to-be-husband Liam Hemsworth currently in the works as well and everyone wants a similar project. I just don't understand the point of this and I even like Curtis, but oh well.

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  • Xerxex
    The Boat That Rocked was great! As for him remaking, I'm for it.
  • dr-deciduous
    I actually own an old VHS copy of the film and i assure you, its pure british comedy gold. But the cast were so brilliant in the original i can't imagine anyone else in their roles.
  • OG Khyam B
    Lenny Henry is hilarious, as with Rowan Atkinson and Alan Cummings. would the trio reprise their roles or would Richard Curtis look to younger British comedians to fill the roles? Could be good if it's a complete "piss-take" and doesn't take itself too seriously - Lenny Henry is particularly good at that style of comedy and is not shy of breaking the "fourth wall".
  • Somebody with actual intelligence
    Oh my god. I was looking EVERYWHERE for this movie at one stage. It's fantastic! Now I know why I could never find it (because it technically wasn't a feature film). Remaking it will be a mistake. It'll just be another average movie. But the original was magnificent!
  • AW
    I would say that so few remember Bernard and the Genie that a remake theoretically stands a chance. But the problem is that part of what made the original work was the cast and I somehow doubt they would want to reprise their roles and I can’t think of anyone who could do as good a job as they did.
  • Amy
    The original was AMAZING!!! I also have it on VHS and watch it every Christmas, it is definitely British comedy writing and acting at it's underrated best. Not sure it could be remade any better but I would go see it!
  • jamie
    How exactly does it sound 'terrible'? Two of the best loved comedians of the 90s acting against a fine actor in a script by the man who wrote four weddings and love actually? Yes, it must be awful. Actually, as most people have corrected you here, it's absolutely brilliant, an overlooked gem from a time when the world was still fun and not full of cynical bloggers bashing everything that's more than two years old.




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