Chris Rock is set to do a remake of last year's successful British comedy film, Death at a Funeral
. Rock, who will produce, co-write and star in the remake, is set to reinterpret the comedy, transporting it from the original's English countryside setting to an urban American setting. It will, however, keep the original plot intact—a funeral ceremony where the bereaved family deals with misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.
“We've been trying to work with Chris Rock and [the original film's producers] Sidney Kimmel Entertainment for some time now,” Clint Culpepper, president of Screen Gems, said. “It's exciting to us that this film provides the opportunity to work with both.”
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“Chris, who was an unabashed fan of the film, came to us with a hysterical, completely new reimagining of the original concept,” Jim Tauber, executive producer for both films, said. “Clint and his team loved it and jumped on board right away, and they're bringing their considerable marketing and distribution savvy to the project.”
The film made modest earnings in the United States, but found wide success in Australia, where it hit the top spot of country's box office charts for three weeks. The film eventually earned $46.5 million worldwide.
-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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