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Russell Brand to scare up some laughs in RentaGhost

12.09.2010

I've never seen nor heard of the BBC series "RentaGhost" that ran from the late-70s to early-80s but Russell Brand has. The actor/comedian has signed on to star in a Warner Bros. remake of the series.

Brand would star as Fred Mumford, a dead slacker determined to be more productive in the afterlife. He and a few other undead souls set up a "temp agency" of sorts that rent out ghosts to the living. As you might expect from a scheme like this, things quickly and hilariously go awry. In 2008, an attempt was made to relaunch the show on British TV but nothing ever came of the plans.

The studio is pitching the concept to writers as a mix between BEETLEJUICE and GREMLINS, a step-up from the BBC series which has often been described as a campy children's show.

The film puts Brand back in business with Warner Bros. with whom he recently wrapped filming on another remake, ARTHUR.

Extra Tidbit: I kinda hate the title...just me?
Source: Variety

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5:48PM on 12/10/2010

@sparkholiday..

Agreed!!!
Agreed!!!
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10:05PM on 12/09/2010
Why all the hate for Brand? Yeah, he's a wanker, but he's fucking fantastic at it. Bring on the Brand.
Why all the hate for Brand? Yeah, he's a wanker, but he's fucking fantastic at it. Bring on the Brand.
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3:14AM on 12/10/2010
Because he's not even remotely funny. That's why.
Because he's not even remotely funny. That's why.
12:26PM on 12/09/2010
I have respect for Brand because he is good at his craft. This sounds like a good project for him.

Also, he's married to Katy Perry, so the guy is doing something right.
I have respect for Brand because he is good at his craft. This sounds like a good project for him.

Also, he's married to Katy Perry, so the guy is doing something right.
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11:08AM on 12/09/2010
I can't stand Russell Brand. He's just not funny at all. I would much rather have a Beetlejuice sequel with Michael Keaton and Tim Burton returning.
I can't stand Russell Brand. He's just not funny at all. I would much rather have a Beetlejuice sequel with Michael Keaton and Tim Burton returning.
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10:02PM on 12/09/2010
Wait... Was that an option or something?
Wait... Was that an option or something?
3:13AM on 12/10/2010
This film sounds like a total rip-off of Beetlejuice. I'd rather have the original, not a carbon copy.
This film sounds like a total rip-off of Beetlejuice. I'd rather have the original, not a carbon copy.
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9:55AM on 12/09/2010
Gadzooks!
Gadzooks!
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8:42AM on 12/09/2010
First ARTHUR, now this: another pointless remake starring someone that isn't just not right for the role - he dumps on it while grinning as brainlessly as the characters he (otherwise) portrays. Ugh. What a market we have...
First ARTHUR, now this: another pointless remake starring someone that isn't just not right for the role - he dumps on it while grinning as brainlessly as the characters he (otherwise) portrays. Ugh. What a market we have...
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8:25AM on 12/09/2010

the more i think about it, this could actually work

Brand would probably make a better Timothy Claypole though.The characters could be interesting (Miss Popov, Hazel McWitch) so look forward to seeing who else they cast. I did love this show when i was a kid, but then again i think i'd watch any old shit. Let's just hope they don't do a CGI Dobbin!!
Brand would probably make a better Timothy Claypole though.The characters could be interesting (Miss Popov, Hazel McWitch) so look forward to seeing who else they cast. I did love this show when i was a kid, but then again i think i'd watch any old shit. Let's just hope they don't do a CGI Dobbin!!
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8:15AM on 12/09/2010
"[Rentaghost has] often been described as a campy children's show."

That's because it was. It should be a perfect 'vehicle' for Brand, the wanker.

Titbit: The title's perfect.
"[Rentaghost has] often been described as a campy children's show."

That's because it was. It should be a perfect 'vehicle' for Brand, the wanker.

Titbit: The title's perfect.
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8:11AM on 12/09/2010
The film's synopsis is vaguely how the original kids' tv series started out, but later series descended into repetitive, idiotic farce. Taking the original concept but ignoring how the tv series ended up wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Would certainly suit Brand's schtick.
The film's synopsis is vaguely how the original kids' tv series started out, but later series descended into repetitive, idiotic farce. Taking the original concept but ignoring how the tv series ended up wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Would certainly suit Brand's schtick.
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8:03AM on 12/09/2010
Yeah, Russell Brand and laughs should never be used in the same sentence again.
Yeah, Russell Brand and laughs should never be used in the same sentence again.
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7:59AM on 12/09/2010
Just saw Brand on Ferguson. Both completely underrated, intelligent comedians that don't get their due. I know Brand is a very polarizing figure but I've seen more than enough of his British panel show appearances, his interviews, his stand-up, his radio show etc. to know that the man is brilliant. He's quick and clever. He may be getting a bit overexposed nowadays but I still haven't tired of him.
Just saw Brand on Ferguson. Both completely underrated, intelligent comedians that don't get their due. I know Brand is a very polarizing figure but I've seen more than enough of his British panel show appearances, his interviews, his stand-up, his radio show etc. to know that the man is brilliant. He's quick and clever. He may be getting a bit overexposed nowadays but I still haven't tired of him.
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7:27AM on 12/09/2010
I use to watch this as a kid and I thought it was cool at the time but I was like 8 or 9 at the time so who knows.If they are going to remake british kid comedies what about Metal Micky.
I use to watch this as a kid and I thought it was cool at the time but I was like 8 or 9 at the time so who knows.If they are going to remake british kid comedies what about Metal Micky.
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