Paramount Pictures and Kevin Hart are teaming up to develop a Scrooged remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Richard Donner, the 1988 Christmas comedy starred Bill Murray and was a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
In the original, a network TV president is perhaps the most cold-hearted man ever, but his holiday spirit is given a painful booster shot by three vengeful ghosts. Bill Murray portrays Frank Cross, an evil, crass, executive who caters to the lowest-of-the-lowest common denominators, firing people whenever he wants to and for the flimsiest of reasons. Therefore, to change his cruel and tasteless ways, Cross is taken on a trip through his past to his future, accompanied by ghosts David Johansen and Carol Kane, so that he can achieve redemption.
The movie also stars Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, and Alfre Woodard.
Kevin Hart will produce via his Hartbeat Productions and he is eyeing to star as well. The search for a screenwriter is now underway.
Hart, who voices The Secret Life of Pets 2, next can be seen in the Jumanji sequel this December. He is about to start filming the Paul Weitz-directed Fatherhood, Sony Pictures’ adaptation of Two Kisses for Maddie.
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