Russell Brand Calls 'Rentaghost' Back from the Dead for New Film

December 8, 2010
Source: Deadline

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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?

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I've heard some good things about his performance in The Tempest...this sounds interesting.

Xerxex on Dec 8, 2010


Great, more Russell Brand, just what the world needs.

Chev Chelios on Dec 8, 2010


I would totally watch this.

minty on Dec 8, 2010


Russell Bland!

John Q Arbuckle on Dec 8, 2010


I remember Rentaghost. It was bloody mental. But I can see how it could work on the big screen, and Brand would be very suitable.

sleepykid on Dec 9, 2010


grew up watching was great.very slapstick and very very camp. a very british humor. will be interesting to see what an American audience make of it. 🙂

Saychel on Dec 9, 2010


He'd be better cast as Timothy Claypole who he seems to have based his whole act upon.

Vile on Dec 9, 2010


I fear that the very British humour of Rentaghost will fall flat in the US. Just like Red Dwarf and Blackadder! What it will end up as is an Americanised story and treatment that will fail just Like Red Dwarf did! Having said all that...I would go to see it! I am shocked to read that there were 9 series!!!! I remember the first couple... up to where the Coronation Street actress played miss Popov who teleported every time she sneezed...and was allergic to flowers...

FOOM on Dec 9, 2010


i would much prefer to see him as "BANANA MAN!" or my al time favorite "Danger Mouse!"

Astroboy3000 on Dec 9, 2010


What #7 said

napoleonblownapart on Dec 9, 2010


I think he'd be better cast in a blender

Jimmy Love on Dec 9, 2010


You know studios are desperate for ideas when they pick up fucking Rentaghost, fer chrissakes!

what the... on Dec 10, 2010

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