Russell Brand Calls 'Rentaghost' Back from the Dead for New Film
The comedian might already be in the remake business with that new version of Arthur in the works, but Russell Brand is reaching back into British TV from decades past for his next project. Deadline reports the Get Him to the Greek star is attached to a big screen adaptation of the original UK children's comedy series Rentaghost which ran on BBC from 1976-1984. Warner Bros. picked up the rights as a vehicle for Brand to develop into a comedy in the same vein as Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. The original TV series followed a small business who provided the services of various ghosts to complete tasks like haunting mansions and more.
Brand is supposed to play Fred Mumford, the main character who appeared in only the first four seasons (or series in Britain) of the entire nine season run. A recently deceased slacker, Mumford attempts to make something of his life only after his death. He teams up with a couple of other ghosts and ghouls who open Rentaghost as a service for the living, but of course Mumford has some trouble adapting to his new ghostly abilities, and surely hilarity will ensue. Hopefully Warner Bros. will surround Brand with more hilarious individuals like Bill Hader or Jason Segel (both co-stars of Forgetting Sarah Marshall). As of now there's no word on who will direct or write the film adaptation, but as soon as we heard anything, we'll let you know. Sound good?