« Clips 'n' Pics: Adam trailer online, Blood the Last Vampire behind the scenes, opening of Death Note: L, Change the World online | Filmstalker | Lynch's Hisss trailer online »


Drop Dead Fred remake

DropDeadFred.jpgWith a British comedian becoming popular and successful in America and particularly in Hollywood there seems to be only one thing to do for the studios, instead of casting him in newly created comedies that suit his style, they're remaking every British comedy they can find the rights for and throwing him in the lead.

Not only is Russell Brand set to play Arthur, taking over that role that Dudley Moore made so iconic, but Universal is now set to remake Drop Dead Fred and replace Rik Mayal with Russell Brand.

Now I have to say that I was surprised at how good Russell Brand was on screen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and it made me want to see him in more roles, but what it didn't make me want is to see the shallow thinking studio executives start picking out British comedies and remaking them to throw him in the lead because he's British.

That's just what seems to be happening though.

The Hollywood Reporter have the news that Dennis McNicholas, one of the writers of Land of the Lost, is writing this remake, and what's worse is that the British production company Working Title are backing the project.

The original film saw Phoebe Cates as a quiet, retiring woman who loses her job and her husband, and is forced to move back home all in the space of a day. With this trauma comes a startling surprise, her old imaginary friend from when she was a child returns and begins to cause havoc in an attempt to open her up and help her gain back her life. Of course what ensues is chaos as her friend is only after one thing, mayhem.

The imaginary friend was played by the highly regarded British comedian Rik Mayal, and he was superb on screen. It was a great fun film, but the problem was that it never was a huge commercial success, although it is one of those films that has gained a big following since.

I guess that is also the good news, for Drop Dead Fred is rather dated and some more modern concepts added in. It's not just about updating the cast. With it being an unsuccessful film on the balance sheets, which is really what the studio is looking at with the remake potential, there's the chance to make it a more successful one. Plus, the casting of Brand as an imaginary friend who just messes with your plans all the time and causes chaos does sound about right.

Another remake though?



I love drop dead fred. Rik Mayall was perfect for the role. Though I do think it would be good to be updated with better effects. I think Russel Brand would be good for the part. Even though it was a childrens film it did have somewhat serious points in it about growing up and facing your fears. I loved the scene at the doctors when all the imaginary friends meet each other.

Ahh, this brings back memories. Fond memories...

there are few words strong enough, none of which are approprate to use on this site, to describe my loathing for Brand. I see noting remotely funny about his "act". He is repugnant. Incindiary. And looks like a porcupine with mange.

Drop Dead Fred is a good example of a movie that does NOT deem reaking. the effects of the time were adequate to relate the humor, and the actors, no matter the size of the role, conveyed exactly the best one could imagine for the plot device.

I will always laugh when the phrase "goo goo mouth" is uttered.

I do not see what the remake could offer that the original did not.

Kill Brand.


Add a comment


Site Navigation

Latest Stories



Vidahost image

Latest Reviews


Filmstalker Poll


Subscribe with...

AddThis Feed Button

Windows Live Alerts

Site Feeds

Subscribe to Filmstalker:

Filmstalker's FeedAll articles

Filmstalker's Reviews FeedReviews only

Filmstalker's Reviews FeedAudiocasts only

Subscribe to the Filmstalker Audiocast on iTunesAudiocasts on iTunes

Feed by email:


My Skype status


Help Out


Site Information

Creative Commons License
© www.filmstalker.co.uk

Give credit to your sources. Quote and credit, don't steal

Movable Type 3.34