Death at a Funeral remake already!
Hollywood is set to remake a British comedy from 2007, a film directed by Frank Oz, and it's set to be transplanted to the U.S. and will star Chris Rock who will also co-write the script.
It's a strange choice, especially as it will be adapted and transplanted to an American setting, particularly as the film was made less than two years ago.
Chris Rock is not only starring and co-writing the Death at a Funeral remake along with Aeysha Carr (who wrote several Everybody Hates Chris episodes), but he's also going to produce the film alongside William Horberg, Sidney Kimmel, Share Stallings and Laurence Malkin who are producers from the original version.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the original was made for around US $9 million and made around US $55 million worldwide, and that's quite a nice figure, but will the American version fare better and will anyone not see it?
Well one thing is that the US only brought in about $8.5 million of those box office returns, so it's fair to say that it wasn't too well seen over there, so maybe there is some mileage in remaking it for an American audience.
One question could well arise, is Chris Rock the right one to bring this project to the big screen? They are of course still looking for a director, but he's producing, co-writing and starring, so this is most definitely a Rock vehicle.
The film saw a strong British cast star in a comedy about a funeral ceremony that begins to fall apart at the edges when everything possible seems to go wrong and the worst nightmare of family and relatives turn up.
Now the film is set to be in "urban America" as the story tells us with a mainly African-American cast.
One good thing though, Rock is supposedly a big fan of the original film, and he supposedly came up with an original rework of the script. I hope that means more than transplanting it to America and changing the cast.
Remakes are happening faster and faster, and I think this is a record with a film that's been released just under two years.