Russell Brand is already bringing back the '80s in his remake of the 1981 comedy "Arthur," but he isn't stopping there. Deadline has the news that he's signed on to a film remake of the British television comedy "RentaGhost," which ran from 1976 to 1984. The feature comedy is already being described as being in the vein of Tim Burton's 1988 comedy "Beetlejuice."
Brand will star as Fred Mumford, a recently deceased man who's determined to be more productive in the afterlife than he was during his mortal one. He meets up with some other ghosts and attempts to start a temp agency for the dead where they can rent themselves out for the living. Unsurprisingly, things go a bit awry.
In the original show, it was two mortals (Harold and Ethel Meaker) who ran the ghost temp agency, and the plot followed their comic interactions with the ghosts throughout the years. Clearly there was a concerted effort for "RentaGhost" to focus on the ghoulish side of the story (a la "Beetlejuice"), and we must agree that Brand will lend himself well to playing a quirky ghost.
Brand is also starring in Julie Taymor's take on "The Tempest" (in limited release this Friday, December 10), and is following up his successful vocal romp in "Despicable Me" by voicing the Easter Bunny in "Hop." I personally love him best for Aldous Snow in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him To The Greek," but it's nice to see that he is expanding his horizons while still staying true to the elements of his personality that make him so funny.
Do you like the fact Russell Brand is trying to make some different types of films?