Another day another remake, although this one probably isn’t a bad idea. Russell Brand is said to be developing a remake of Arthur, the Dudley Moore vehicle that won many plaudits when it was released in 1981, and subsequently went on to win a brace of Oscars, which isn’t bad for a comedy.
The Hollywood Reporter claims Brand, who has already starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and is soon to be seen alongside Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories, is writing the screenplay alongside other writers. Brand could also star as the titular character so famously played by Dudley Moore, a fellow British comedian.
The original movie told the story of an alcoholic playboy who finds out he can inherit a fortune simply by marrying an heiress chosen for him by his family. Unfortunately for him, he instead falls in love with a working class woman, and then has to choose between love and money.
Brand seems perfect for the role, as he is quintessentially the new Dudley Moore. Eccentric, odd, a hit with the ladies, and very funny to boot, I can well imagine Brand as the Arthur character for the 21st century. It may be a remake of a film only 20 something years old, but this is one I wouldn’t mind seeing.