Steve Coogan Set to Sail Again in 'Cruise of the Gods' Remake
Though I've enjoyed many British comedy driven films like Shaun of the Dead, In The Loop and Death at a Funeral (not the urban remake from Chris Rock) somehow the fanboy fueled film Cruise of the Gods has slipped through my fingers. The comedy followed a fan cruise in honor of a fictitious science-fiction series and the clashes amongst the cast when they reunite several decades after the series went off the air. Steve Coogan (Hamlet 2) played one of the stars who has since become more successful than the others and now 24 Frames reports he will reprise his role in a new remake of the film currently titled The Great Beyond.
Sounds like Galaxy Quest but without all the science fiction action, and since I love the comedy in that film, British comedy, and Steve Coogan, this sounds like it's right up my alley. Like 24 Frames, I've been waiting for Coogan to catch a big break like fellow Brit comedian Ricky Gervais and it sounds like he may finally be getting it with this Focus Features remake. Hamlet 2 and his appearance in Tropic Thunder were steps in the right direction and this summer's The Other Guys will be another. However, Coogan needs a leading role comparable to Gervais' underrated comedies Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying to actually break out.
In addition to Coogan's involvement, Dinner for Schmucks co-writers Dave Guion and Michael Handelman will be writing the remake and making their directorial debut with this as well. Hopefully this is Coogan's potential break out gig, but only time will tell what happens. Stay tuned! Anyone else a fan of Coogan?