“Drop Dead Fred” was a very dark comedy released in 1991, starring Phoebe Cates and British comedian Rik Mayall. It centered on a rather damaged young woman named Lizzie (played by Cates) who allows herself to be walked on and dominated by everyone. After a day from hell when she loses everything — including her job and husband, and is forced to move back home with her abusive mother — she’s reunited with her childhood imaginary friend, Fred.
He promises to make her happy again, but his antics tend to be rather destructive and violent, and are immediately blamed on Lizzie. Rather expectedly, there’s some rather freaky stuff involving psychiatric drugs and defeating one’s childhood demons. It was a critical and box office failure, but it’s since gained a bit of cult status, though it’s currently unavailable on DVD.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal is resurrecting the film just for Brand. He’ll play the naughty Fred, and the storyline will be given an overhaul by Dennis McNicholas (“Land of the Lost”) to be a “Beetlejuice”-like world of imaginary friends. There will undoubtedly be some “Fred” fans upset by the news of a Brand makeover, but I think most of us will simply wonder why even the bombs of the ’80s and ’90s are being dug up and brushed off for moviegoers.
Readers, do you want to see Brand as “Drop Dead Fred”? Why is he choosing so many remakes? Do you want to see him in original films like “Get Him to the Greek”? Or do you even want to see more of him at all?