Fox's Remake of Six Pack is Now a Bad Kevin James Comedy
A couple years back, we heard straight from writer/director David Gordon Green that he was working on a remake of the kids racing flick Six Pack. The Playlist says the project started as an original script called Burnin' Rubber but Fox, in all their infinite wisdom, asked him if he could re-write it as the aforementioned remake. Well, Pajiba reports that with all this remake nonsense, Green is no longer involved as the director and instead has opted to attach Kevin James to star with filmmaker Tom Dey, who helmed this summer's comedy classic Marmaduke, directing instead. Here's another project that has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Green will still apparently stay on as producer, but John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, who are the writers and producers of TNT's "The Closer," have taken over writing duties on the script and are working on a rewrite. This is really quite disappointing to hear, especially because, despite the change from an original script to a remake, Green actually sounded passionate and nostalgic about the kind of film he'd written this remake as:
"[Six Pack] was a childhood favorite of mine, it was a race car movie and I wrote a remake of it. My buddy [Jacob] was living in the neighborhood, African American, low-income families in New Orleans and these kids loved NASCAR, and would talk about it all the time and I thought that was badass. And I just love things that aren't expected and are things that are different from what you'd expect from the clichés and stereotypes of the world, it was refreshing.
So Barlow had this idea and we wrote this kids NASCAR movie and we always talked about Six Pack as an inspiration or an influence even though it was very similar to that, but it kinda was. Sort of a crossroads of kids, but we wanted to engineer it more for the kids in our neighborhood and make it more of a redneck shitkicker, it was supposed to be a family movie, but with more of an urban edge to it."
Sadly with Kevin James and Dey now attached to this, it doesn't sound like we'll ever get to see what Green's version of this remake would have been like, although maybe he's moved on to bigger and better. This new iteration sounds like it could be an even worse version of Talladega Nights, but with the not-so-funny Kevin James leading the way. We can thank the Hollywood machine for taking what would've been an interesting original project for families, and turning it into a remake with an established brand and terrible talent. Bravo guys! This time we probably won't be keeping an eye on this project, but we'll be checking anyway.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
you have no talent.. kevin james is awesome, probably the funniest guy alive behind bob saget
john on Jul 1, 2010
funniest guy alive? (im not even gonna touch the bob saget bit because thats rediculous) you need to go watch some stand up my friend, im not gonna say more than that because theres 100's that are funnier, hell even in hollywood theres much funnier (jonah hill, john c reilly, ben stiller, will farrell to name some) i just dont know what to say to convay my shock at your statement 😛
matt on Jul 2, 2010
ridiculous statement, look at yourself you mentioned all of the most over rated people in hollywood today, ive seen plenty of stand up, kevin james freakin hilarious, bob sagets just obsurd and awesome, um brad garret, zack galifanakis, nick swardson. those are funny ass people, i dont know what to say at your statement. and yes kevin james defiently takes the cake for funniest person, hes so underrated.
john on Jul 2, 2010
Kevin James is so great. His films are right up there with Eddie Murphy's latest flicks.....
JKnaak on Jul 6, 2010
The movie will probably suck but Kevin James has talent, in my opinion.
RJ on Sep 18, 2010
Why are they so determined to cast a funny guy in this role? In the original, Kenny Rogers was not cast because he was a funny guy and the movie was not a comedy but a feel good family movie. Personally, I don't think Kevin James is very funny, furthermore, he does not seem to be the type of actor that could be believable as a race car driver. If Fox is so determined to put a funny guy in the role, why didn't they pick someone a little more believable like Tim Allen. Tim looks as if he could really be a race car driver. A couple of suggested actors for this role (although they aren't rooted in comedy) would be Keanu Reeves or Dennis Quaid. I think Tim, Keanu, or Dennis are all capable of being believable in a role like this. If casting stays the way it is, though, looks like Fox is about to ruin what could have been a successful remake. Six Pack was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up. I was 11 when the movie came out, about the same age as some of the kids in the movie. I am soooo disappointed about what is about to happen to a story that brings back such sweet memories for me.
Tyler on May 19, 2011
Oooooh, another great actor for the lead in Six Pack would be Kurt Russell!
Tyler on May 19, 2011
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