Dimension Remaking Richard Curtis' 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.