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Ben Stiller will rent ghosts in Rentaghost

10.12.2011

Now that Ben Stiller is FOCKERed out (let's hope) and has saved a couple of museums, he's looking for a new family-friendly comedy franchise. How about RENTAGHOST?

Fox is hoping the old BBC series will provide material for the star, and has his NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMs writers (and "Reno 911!" cops) Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant working on adapting it into what the studio undoubtedly hopes is another reasonably innocuous yet highly lucrative FX-filled flick. (Similarly, Stiller also has the alien-fighting comedy NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH in the works.)

The old "Rentaghost" show involved a supernatural company that, as you've guessed, rents out ghosts for various tasks. The new version will have Stiller as "an American turnaround consultant who is sent to the UK to reinvigorate a failing company." (Whether he's alive or one of the spirits isn't yet known.)

Russell Brand was previously attached to star in the remake for Warner Bros., but perhaps Hollywood is finally accepting that he sucks.

Extra Tidbit: Check out Lennon and Garant's hilarious and informative book "Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!" for some enlightenment as to how Hollywood functions (or doesn't).
Source: Deadline

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5:23PM on 10/13/2011
So it's basically the opposite of Ghostbusters?
Next in line: Ghostbusters Vs Rentaghost.
So it's basically the opposite of Ghostbusters?
Next in line: Ghostbusters Vs Rentaghost.
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4:09AM on 10/13/2011
Neighborhood Watch actually sounds kinda good...Rentaghost? not so much
Either way that picture above is hilarious.
Neighborhood Watch actually sounds kinda good...Rentaghost? not so much
Either way that picture above is hilarious.
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2:35AM on 10/13/2011
the plot sounds a liitle bit like that old steve guttenburg movie high spirits.
the plot sounds a liitle bit like that old steve guttenburg movie high spirits.
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1:24AM on 10/13/2011
I'm actually gonna reserve a little bit of excitement for this because Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are pretty much geniuses and supremely underrated.
I'm actually gonna reserve a little bit of excitement for this because Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are pretty much geniuses and supremely underrated.
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1:01PM on 10/13/2011
their new screenwriting book if phenominal.
their new screenwriting book if phenominal.
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12:23AM on 10/13/2011
Hopefully Thomas Lennon can help make this watchable. The guy is hilarious.
Hopefully Thomas Lennon can help make this watchable. The guy is hilarious.
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11:55PM on 10/12/2011
Still don't get the complete Russell Brand hatred. I mean sure, his act can wear a little tired sometimes, but he's still pretty damn funny imo.

And yea this sounds stupid. Just do Zoolander 2 and enough with this family-friendly shit before you turn into Jim Carrey. Or did that already happen?
Still don't get the complete Russell Brand hatred. I mean sure, his act can wear a little tired sometimes, but he's still pretty damn funny imo.

And yea this sounds stupid. Just do Zoolander 2 and enough with this family-friendly shit before you turn into Jim Carrey. Or did that already happen?
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11:28PM on 10/12/2011
Sounds annoying
Sounds annoying
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11:28PM on 10/12/2011
Watched this show as a kid but can only remember the theme song
Watched this show as a kid but can only remember the theme song
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