Universal seem to think a lot of great films weren’t good enough the first time around. Forget swine fever – they’ve got remake fever. And the latest redo to drop on their schedule? Drop Dead Fred.
The studio have lined up Russell Brand to step into Rik Mayall’s manic shoes as the grown-up but still insane imaginary friend of a shy woman who’s forced to move back home after she loses her job.
Say what you like about Brand, but this is perfect casting. Fred always was a bit of a gurning pervert.
Universal certainly seem to like him – he appeared in Forgetting Sarah Marshall for them, and they’ve let him headline the spin-off Get Him To The Greek.
And Fred is a much better proposition for the remake treatment than Videodrome was yesterday.
Videodrome is perfect, but Fred has elements that could be improved on – Phoebe Cates’ slightly wooden performance for one (sorry Phoebe).
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