Around these parts we have 4 Rules Before Making a Remake that trump any whining about originality in Hollywood. Remakes are hard business. But when I heard they were taking Arthur – a Dudley Moore classic, and remaking it with newcomer Russell Brand, something clicked.
That sounds like a great idea to me!
Russell Brand might soon be caught between the moon and New York City.
The British comedian is developing a remake of “Arthur,” the 1981 comedy that starred Dudley Moore, for Warner Bros. as a potential starring vehicle. Brand is meeting with scribes to write the screenplay, which will be produced by MBST’s Larry Brezner, whose credits range from “Good Morning, Vietnam” to HBO’s recent “Little Britain USA.”
I really like Brand’s charm and his Brit casual aloofness would be perfect for a drunken millionaire who falls in love with a common girl.
The original is old enough that most people today have not seen it, and relevant enough that it would serve well as an updated remake. I just hope they retain some heart to the comedy and don’t dumb it down to puking-on-yourself-drunk gags.