Warner Bros. Acquires RENTAGHOST for Russell Brand

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Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the British children’s television comedy RentaghostVariety reports the studio is developing Rentaghost as a vehicle for Russell Brand, with “a similar tone to Beetlejuice and Gremlins.”  The original series, which ran from 1976-1984, centers on a company which rents ghosts out for various tasks.  Brand is meant to play Fred Mumford, “a recently deceased loser who feels he can find work for ghosts whose lives were as failed as his.”  Brand will produce along with Kevin McCormick (Hard Ball), Gail Berman (Angel), and Lloyd Braun (Accidentally on Purpose).

Hit the jump for a fuller synopsis of the TV series and a recap of the projects Brand is attached to.

Here’s how Wikipedia describes Rentaghost:

The company, located in South Ealing, is run by Fred Mumford, a recently deceased loser who feels he can find work for ghosts whose lives were as failed as his. His first (and only) recruits are Timothy Claypole, a mischievous jester with a comical lack of knowledge about modern technology, and Hubert Davenport, a delicate Victorian era gentleman who is morally shocked by the modern world. The ghosts work from an office which they rent from Harold Meaker, who discovers the truth about them in the 3rd episode.

I’m sadly unfamiliar with the property: is the series fondly remembered by Brits of a certain age?

Brand will next be seen the Shakespeare adaptation The Tempest (December 10th), followed by the Arthur remake in 2011.  He has also been linked to the action comedy Hawkwood, the Adam Sandler-produced Bad Father, another vehicle set up at Warner Bros., and a remake of Drop Dead Fred.

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  • Jason Willmott

    loved rent a ghost when i was young.

    to be fair, i’d see brand as the extremely camp claypole character, he literally is claypole anyway


      Same here. When I read about this, I assumed he’d be Timothy Claypole too. I wonder if they’ll have an old-school pantomime horse Dobbin, or go the CG route? No mention of Nadia Popov or McWitch though? Surely they’ll be included.

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  • Pat

    He’s more suited to werewolf or some other ugly monster, they would save hours in make up as with his ugly face he’s scarey whichever movie he’s in. Whatever keep the ugly freak in America for as long as possible.

  • Iwan

    Edgar Wright joked about bringing back Rentaghost on Twitter a few weeks ago, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to star. Coincidence?

  • Anonymous

    Wait, what? A remake of Drop Dead Fred?! Oh, dear god no. It was bad enough the first time around…

  • Russell Brand

    Rentaghost opening titles:

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  • Nathan Forester

    Beetlejuice-esque? To me he ALREADY is Beetlejuice-esque in terms of his look, all he needs is red nailpolish, a pinstripe suit, pale skin and darker eye-makeup.

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