Warner Bros are bringing the temp agency of the dead to the big screen.
Deadline New York have reported that Warner Bros has acquired the rights to the old British comedy show ‘Rentaghost’ and will develop it into a Beetlejuice-style afterlife comedy vehicle for Russell Brand.
Brand willl play Fred Mumford, a recently deceased guy determined to be more productive as a corpse than he was during his life as a slacker. He attempts to set himself up in a business with a couple of other ghouls, starting a temp agency for the dead. Mumford and cohorts rent out ghouls and ghosts to the living, until things go awry. The original series, created by Bob Block, ran on BBC1 from 1976-1984.
Kevin McCormick (‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘The Fan’) will produce with Brand serving as executive producer. The pair recently worked together on the remake of 1981’s Arthur which starred Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and Sir John Gielgud. The Arthur remake directed by Jason Winer and scripted by Peter Baynham also stars Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner and Luis Guzmán.