Chris Rock, Screen Gems Remaking Death
Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:07:01
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Chris Rock is partnering up with Screen Gems and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to remake the little seen yet critically praised cheeky British comedy, Death at a Funeral. The Rock version will be an urbanized take on the original. Frank Oz directed the first film, which also featured Matthew MacFayden. The original was released in 2007.
Rock co-wrote the script and will star in and produce the film, which is a comedy of errors that takes place at a funeral, complete with corpse mix ups, indecent exposure and family blow ups, all of which provide the source for the laughs. The original's English cast will be switched out for a mainly African-American ensemble. A director is currently being sought, with pre-production scheduled for the forthcoming spring.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff