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'Megamind' Director to Helm New Ben Stiller Comedy 'Rentaghost'

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July 30, 2012
Source: Variety

Tom McGrath

Back in October of last year, we found out that Ben Stiller was attached to a film adaptation of a BBC children's series called Rentaghost that aired from 1976-1984. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum) are writing the script, and now the project, which once had Russell Brand set to star, is settling in a bit and has found a director, too. Variety reports that Tom McGrath, the director of the animated Madagascar films, is stepping behind the camera here and making his live action directorial debut. This would also reteam him with Stiller, who voices Alex the lion in the animated trilogy. Read on!

Rentaghost follows Stiller's character, an American turnaround consultant, as he makes his way to the UK and discovers the firm he's supposed to be helping isn't quite what it seems. Sounds like a good reunion for the star and his Night at the Museum writers and a decent opportunity for some family comedy. McGrath also directed the underrated Megamind, which was a really clever take on the superhero film that many overlooked when it came out back in 2010. If he can bring those same comedic touches to a hopefully solid script by Lennon and Garant, and Stiller can bring his A-game in front of the camera again, those pieces just might add up to be better than this premise indicates.

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2 Comments

1

I remember Renataghost. The story line doesn't sound like the one in the BBC series. Oh boy. i guess I'm waiting for the big screen version of Supergran.

Duane on Jul 30, 2012

2

Lol, what's next, Bananaman?

rennmaxbeta on Jul 31, 2012

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