Skip Nav
Game of Thrones
34 Bombshells in the Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere
Game of Thrones
These Are the Targaryens Every Game of Thrones Fan Needs to Know
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones: Here's the Official Episode Count For Season 7

Russell Brand to Star in Remake of Drop Dead Fred

Remember Drop Dead Fred? Yeah, They're Going to Remake It

Ack! Hands off my childhood!

Sorry for the outburst, but, seriously, it's one thing, I suppose, to take successful '80s franchises like The Karate Kid and update them for a new generation. It's kind of another to just start randomly selecting one-off gems from my youth for the sole purpose of giving someone a starring vehicle.

When I first saw that Drop Dead Fred would be remade with Russell Brand in the lead, I immediately thought: "Oh, great. What's next, Beetlejuice?" And then I read this:

The first Fred was critically drubbed and commercially unsuccessful. But it did achieve a certain cult status and is considered a film that fell short of its full potential. The take for the new Fred is to make a film in the tone of Beetlejuice, building a universe around the concept of imaginary friends. Brand would play the trouble-making pal.

The original Drop Dead Fred was dark, weird, off-beat, and totally absorbing. Why remake it at all? Why not just write a movie for Russell Brand about a girl with a zany British guy for an imaginary friend? Is there anything good about this news, or does it just make you want to . . . well, you know, drop dead?

Source and Source

Join The Conversation
Nathan3239877 Nathan3239877 3 years

Considering that Rik Mayall passed away recently...I hope this remake never comes to fruition.

stormigrl stormigrl 4 years
Please don't remake the movie. It is bad enough that it has been discontinued. But I am soooo thankful I have had my drop dead fred movie for over 7+ years now :) I had to order it because they stopped making them in the stores. I went into the Cinema store the other day and they said "treat that as gold, as it has been discontinued". Omg I love this movie. :) I watch it when I feel like nothing is going right. Such an awesome movie. Beetlejuice has nothing on this movie and this remake idea is a complete and utter joke if you ask me. Just tell that guy to do a remake of Pirattes of the Caribbean or better yet Peter Pan. lol
Nathan3239877 Nathan3239877 4 years
Russell is ALREADY a Beetlejuice knockoff in terms of his behavior,  he doesn't need to play a Beetlejuice type role.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
It will suck. And I will cry. Cry for my stolen childhood. I am going to find Drop Dead Fred and watch it. It will be like watching someone on death row you know when death is coming but your too numb to fight back.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
They can not improve that movie at all... whats the point?!~
Bsmrekar Bsmrekar 8 years
Worst. Idea. Ever. Drop Dead Fred should be left alone in it's greatness.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I kinda agree with Buzz on this Drop Dead Fred was one of my favorites as a kid too.
theavalanches theavalanches 8 years
i think russell brand will be awesome as always. i loved the old movie and i love remakes too.
JessaG JessaG 8 years
Amazing movie. Movies like this should not be remade. Now I totally want to go watch Drop dead fred now. ha.
emalove emalove 8 years
So annoying!!!!! I love that movie! How horrible that it's being remade, especially with Russell Brand. Puke.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Hollywood and remakes... The only flick from my childhood that I didn't mind them remaking was Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, But Tim Burton has the decency to make movies that people are not going to want to cry through... It is film makers blasphemy to even THINK of putting a Burton spin on anything that Tim Burton is not attached to. Even better... Brand gives me the creeps.
darlene darlene 8 years
They should leave the movie alone
asarahlovesu asarahlovesu 8 years
U scared me,i thought u said they were gunna make a new beetlejuice aswell!!!sucks though coz drop dead fred is just going to be another classic ruined!
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
PLEASE NO!! that movie was 100% awesome as is
resamac resamac 8 years
I understand if they are going to remake it why they would think he is a good idea, but picking an actor who ACTUALLY acts like a ridiculous perverted dirty imaginary friend in real life... He wouldn't have to try really... Regardless I that is a horrrrrrible idea. Drop dead fred was my most favorite movie as a child. I think there is NO need for a remake.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
No, dammit. Knock it the heck off Hollywood. Leave the favorite movies of my childhood alone for the love of god! There's no possible way that this will be anything close to the original. Stupid, stupid, witless writers.
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
I haven't seen Drop Dead Fred in a long time... I should watch it again! HOORAY!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
You can find it on EBAY I got mine at Target for $5.50 in the $5.50 bin. And by recently, I mean a year or two ago. I could have sworn that target still had it because I need to get a new one, that's how much its been watched.
smileet147 smileet147 8 years
Drop Dead Fred, was one of the first movies I remember seeing in the movie theater. I still have the movie ticket. They CANNOT REMAKE THIS! Well I mean they can...but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
sassypants413 sassypants413 8 years PLEASE SIGN MY ANTI REMAKE PETITION. Fred would not stand for this - it is a move that a MEGA BITCH would make. SUPPORT THE CLASSIC, PRESERVE IT'S PLACE IN OUR HEARTS and SIGN MY PETITION NOW
nelsonae nelsonae 8 years
i loved drop dead fred, I can't imagine this remake will be any good. They should start coming up with their own ideas.
ReelGirl ReelGirl 8 years
This is just stupid. I've never completely warmed up to Brand (I liked him in Sarah Marshall, but that's about it), so the fact that Hollywood is digging up another movie with a cult following and handing it over to the newest "star" on the block is frustrating as all hell. And don't get me started on the article name-dropping Beetlejuice. If they dare to try and remake that (and Burton suffers some kind of massive head trauma and actually allows it to happen), heads are gonna roll!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
This is a bad idea! Nobody gets to makeover Drop Dead Fred! PS: The DVD for the original was been discontinued by the manufacturer and isn't even available on Netflix...sounds like the remake might be a replacement, and that's just sad...some childhood movies should remain sacred, and this is one of them.
Channing Tatum Holds Out Hope For Gambit at Comic-Con
Russell Brand Is Going to Be a Dad
Movies to Watch in the Summer
The Keepers Petition For the Baltimore Archdiocese
From Our Partners
Latest Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds