I never thought I’d see the day but oh yes, Drop Dead Fred is getting a remake. I’m in that tiny minority of people who actually like the original movie. Maybe it’s because I was 14 at the time of release and it suited my sense of humor, or maybe it’s because I’m a big fan of Rik Mayall, the man who plays Phoebe Cates’s imaginary friend. It could just be that I have bad taste.
I’m not usually a fan of Hollywood remakes, especially of films as recent as this. However, this is one movie that should have been received better and, let’s face it, deserved better direction and casting than it received. So maybe the remake will right all those wrongs.
Russell Brand has been cast as Fred, the imaginary best friend of the lead character. I love Brand and I think this role will suit him down to the ground. His performance is likely to be less animated and wacky than Mayall’s was but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
According to Empire, this new version of Drop Dead Fred will follow a different path than the original. It’ll build on the idea of imaginary friends and try to be a Beetlejuice for the modern era. Which sounds both intriguing and exciting to my easily-pleased taste buds.
Dennis McNicholas is writing the script, while Marc Platt is producing for Universal. With Brand already in that just leaves the Cates character and a director to be found. Will they be able to pull a Drop Dead Fred remake off? My imaginary friend Bob thinks so.