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Now Up For Remake: ARTHUR, Now Starring Russell Brand!!

Merrick here...
Jason Winer, an Executive Producer/Director on ABC's MODERN FAMILY, will direct a remake of ARTHUR from a script by Peter Baynham (a Producer & Writer on the BORAT movie).
The original movie centered on a boozy playboy who is set to inherit a fortune if he marries an heiress his family thinks will make something out of him. However, he falls in love with a working-class woman and turns to his valet for help when his family makes him choose between money and love.
...says THR HERE. Wonder if we'll get a rap version of Christopher Cross' Oscar winning theme song from the original film:

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  • March 2, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Orcus claims this thread in the name of Guam

    by orcus

  • March 2, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by YeahBigJimmy

    Eat your fudge!!!

  • March 2, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by IH8HARRY

  • March 2, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Perfect match of actor to material...

    by epitone

    ...and a doubly perfect reason for me to avoid seeing it.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    The idea doesn't make me shudder

    by I87D

    but Russell Brand certainly does.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Russell Brand?

    by YackBacker

    I've seen his name on, etc., but I have no fucking clue what that guy does for a living.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by I87D

    I'm pretty sure Jason Winer didn't get attached 'til this week. So if you knew all this two months, congrats. You're psychic.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I like it

    by Quin the Eskimo

    BECAUSE we still have the original.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Will he play it as himself, though?

    by belasco_house

    Like always? I might actually be intrigued if that's not the case

  • March 2, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    And Jack Slater

    by Quin the Eskimo

    is my sons name

  • March 2, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I don't hate it. He was funny in SARAH MARSHALL.

    by FlickaPoo

  • March 2, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    He's a dandy Jack Skellington with

    by belasco_house

    bird's nest hair, and a stand-up comedian.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    ARTHUR was fucking hilarious

    by slone13

    ARTHUR 2: On the Rocks was not.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    John Gielgud was the only good thing in that awful fucking movi

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    Russel brand should play the butler.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    ...his FRESH AIR interview was witty and charming...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...he thoroughly charmed Terry Gross.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Old News?

    by Karl Childers

    Ain't it?

  • March 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Will he get lost...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...between the moon and New York City?

  • March 2, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    should be much better with all the advances in CGI

    by lettersoftransit

    Because the effects in the old movie seem so dated now

  • March 2, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie should be Arthur! This will suck!

    by Rev. Slappy

    I love the original but I do think a remake could really improve on the lack of chemistry between Dudley and Liza. But Russell Brand? This will be a complete disaster.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I can't stand this guy. Why do they insist on shoving

    by HucksterFinn

    him down our throats. He's always terrible as MTV VMA host.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I actually thought this was to do with King Arthur...

    by KnightEternal

    ...thought how the **** is Russell Brand in that!....i now stand humbled...and silent....

  • March 2, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    author's theme?

    by soup74

    the guy who posted the youtube video liked the song so much he had to put it on youtube... <br><br>but he couldn't be bothered to double check the title of the song.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Another week,

    by gameforall

    another remake.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    What. The. Hell.

    by bigbaldpapa

    Way to take a classic and shit directly in it's face, kick it in it's balls then piss into it's moaning mouth.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I actually don't hate this idea...

    by fscottnational

    Even if he's in skinny jeans and has the bird-nest hair, Brand might be able to pull it off. Cast Jenna Fischer as the working-class girl and Stephen Fry as his valet, and I'll watch it on cable...

  • March 2, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    flopping to a theater near you.

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    God,I can't stand Brand either.He is NOT funny.He is NOT charismatic.He's a lame turkey!

  • March 2, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    KnightEternal, I was right there with you...

    by Lang The Cat

    Then I remembered who Russell Brand was. I think the Arthurian story might be more fun. A really randy King Arthur who pulls the sword out of the stone as he practices masturbating.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4, amen on the skinny jeans . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . They look ok on the ladies, but make "men" look like total pussified d-bags.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Folks here are right...

    by bigbaldpapa

    It would not be bad to see a modern take on Arthur. But Russell Brand does not hold an ounce of the charm that Dudley Moore commanded.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Might as well be Brand...

    by bigbaldpapa

    We get a futuristic Sgt Rock.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Did I just go back in time to months ago when this news?

    by WickedJester

    Should be ashamed when Perez Hilton is getting scoops before you.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Oh director attached so now it's news. Meh.

    by WickedJester

    I still stand by my statement.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman as the butler

    by DRilL

    the most important role and the one they will fuck up so badly

  • March 2, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by bigbaldpapa

    With Brand they are already scraping the bottom. Morgan Freeman is far too epic t play costar to Brand.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by AzulTool

    The original is a classic, this is bullshit. That's starting to become a familiar refrain.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck this remake

    by Colt19801980

    And fuck everybody who thinks it's a good idea...go work for a studio exec.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    This doesn't work ...

    by ThreeOranges

    Russel Brand is rich trash. He can't pull off the class Dudley Moore could. The whole defiance of class expectations and arranged marriage bit is going to fall totally apart, because he's already a slob.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Meryl Streep to play his butler too.

    by WickedJester

    But I guess that's not important news.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Wanna remake some crap, Hollywood?

    by DatoMan413

    My Mother the Car Hogan's Heroes F-Troop Remington Steele Gilligan's Isle Far-Out Space Nuts H.R. Puffinstuff Heckle and Jeckyl<BR><BR> keep it coming, y'all...

  • March 2, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    goddam this is old news

    by celebritydave

    seriously dudes. im not a film guy that reads all the sites and even i knew this was happening. lift your fucking game. also, thank the lord for your talk backs and the funny bastards that post here.. if not for them, you people would have to get real jobs.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    There are no words...

    by Triple_J_72

    "NOOOOO," "Stop it," "This sucks," "boycott," "Jesus Christ," "WTF," ...none of these do it justice.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    John Gielgud had most of the best lines in Arthur.

    by alan_poon

    Meryl fucking Streep to take his place? And I feel ashamed that that talentless prick Brand is British.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Dudley Moore: Genius; Russell Brand: Scuzzbucket

    by Kal Reeve

    Brand is arguably the scuzziest guy in current pop culture. While Arthur was a drunk, he also possessed charm, class, and heart. Brand has not shown any of those traits. TO HELL WITH THIS REMAKE!

  • March 2, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Right before this lenses, REBOOT IT

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Cast Jack Black as the drunk.Then, cast Russel Brand as Crocodile Dundee.Why? Cause its Hollywood baby!

  • March 2, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    If Brand is playing Arthur...

    by The Goat

    they should just go for it and cast the worst possible comics. Kathy Griffin as the arranged fiancee, Janeane Garofalo as Liza, Joan Rivers as Arthur's mom (or was it grandmother? eh, either way), and Dane Cook as the butler.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    And Gary Busey as Liza's dad

    by The Goat

    I know he's not a comic, but he is comedy.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    The goat

    by alan_poon

    You leave Janeane Garofalo out of it. She is someone I have much desired since her Larry Sanders days.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by MajorFrontbum CANNOT get me to pay to watch your shit on screen. Fuck off, you are a pathetic bunch of miscreants, without a brain between you.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    he is a fucking tool and you Yanks are welcome

    by FamousEccles

    to him - hope he dies soon from an OD or STD though.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by toadkillerdog

    Too funny dude!

  • March 2, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    "He's taking the knife out of the cheese! Do you think he wants

    by toadkillerdog

    Only Dudley cool make that line funny.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Do you think he wants cheese?

    by toadkillerdog

    see above

  • March 2, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Is She's out of my League a remake of 10

    by MacReady452

    cause it looks like it. Trying to top Dudley Moore is a mistake. Replacing Liza Minelli is always a good idea.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Wait a few more years and shoot this with Michael Cera.

    by Royston Lodge

    If it HAS to be done, then wait a few more years for Michael Cera's testicles to descend so he can play the title role.<p> A grown-up Michael Cera would almost but not quite make this remake not a complete waste of time and excrement.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Fuck the Liza haters...

    by Somerichs

    She was gold in Arthur, and whoever it was up there who commented on the lack of chemistry between Dudley and Liza is a moron, or they didn't actually watch the movie. Arthur is a classic largely because of their chemistry...

  • March 2, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I just wanted to say...

    by Grinning White Skull

    Susan: A real woman could stop you from drinking.<br> <br> Arthur: It'd have to be a real BIG woman.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    kill brand!

    by nightmute

    Hate this guy. My ex loved him, which made me feel like shit.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Skinny jeans?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ... sounds like some people here have been listenin to JayZ... "dont wear skinny jeans cuz my knots dont fit"

  • March 2, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    "Authors" theme??

    by FleshMachine

    lol! great song though.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Will Katy Perry portray the Liza Minelli role of Linda?

    by Thanos0145

    Ian McKellan should portray Hobson, Arthur's butler.<p>Another pointless remake. Hollywood should only remake movies that were BAD, "Arthur" was a good movie.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Heroin addict, belieable, drunk? Nope

    by hatespeech

    fucking shit

  • March 2, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Aint It Ancient News

    by quantize


  • March 2, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Aint it Cool news REMAKE

    by TampaBayLightning

    Remake this site, with some talented contributors.

  • March 2, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Russell Brand To Play Bea Arthur

    by Fievel

    ......yeah that's as good an idea as this piece of shit remake. The amount of remakes in Hollywood is disgusting and we as a collective audience should be embarrassed for supporting them.

  • March 2, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Remake this site for the win!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • March 2, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Didn't you guys report this like half a year ago?

    by TheMarineBiologist

  • March 2, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Is Arthur supposed to be a douchebag this time around?

    by Sardonicus

    Nice job, Warners. Another title for the discount rack.

  • March 2, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Russell Brand...

    by Fireball XL-5 this generation's Yahoo Serious. Only Yahoo was funnier.

  • March 2, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    "a working-class woman"

    by Immortal_Fish

    I guess that confirms at least one alteration on the original. Not that prostitutes are ever portrayed with any level of accuracy by Hollowood.

  • March 2, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Russell Brand...

    by Immortal_Fish

    I don't know anything about this guy, what he's done, why he merits, etc. Never seen or heard him in anything. I think it's because he looks like someone I would thoroughly enjoy watch spill searing hot soup on himself. Just like that "Lady Googoo" or whatever it is.

  • March 2, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Unnecessary. Just watch the original.

    by Dingbatty

  • March 2, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by Godovhellfire

  • March 2, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by Mel Garga

    should play the creepy onlooker in the first-date arcade scene. Or the guy constantly asking for his roll in the diner scene. That's about all the douche deserves.

  • March 2, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    The valet in the remake...

    by KubricksBellEnd

    ...will be played by Russell Brand's ball bag. Hey look, someone's pissing on Dudley Moore's grave.

  • March 2, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Is he still gonna be a Sparrow? i dunno why i asked here since AICN doesnt speak of that movie unless its bout the same boat we have been seein...

  • March 2, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I'm telling you, the 'Back To The Future' reboot draws near.

    by AzulTool

    It will be the last swift kick in the nuts to my movie-going generation

  • March 2, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Russell Brand Vs. Dudley Moore?

    by rabidfnark

    Give me a fucking break. I won't even justify that with know what? Fuck it! I'll say it: Moore has it all over that prissy, unfunny, wannabe-rockstar, son of a bitch! And, yeah, maybe it doesn't need to be said, but how bankrupt for ideas and desperate for more money do people need to be that this seems like a good idea?

  • March 2, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Completely not needed remake

    by rogueleader66

    Nothing about the original will benefit from a modern retelling especially not with this ass clown Brand starring in it. Dudley Moore and Sir John Gielgud are not replaceable by anyone. Won't see this, don't give a rat's ass about it. This is old news anyways, and it aint cool news.

  • March 2, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Immortal_Fish are you 72 years old?

    by Disgustin_Justin

  • March 2, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Brand sucks...

    by Powerring

    He is the British counterpart to the equally unfunny and pathetic Tom Greene.

  • March 2, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Russell BLand

    by cricklewood

    A one-note, camp, pseudo-intellectual who thinks he's Jack Sparrow. (only not one-tenth as interesting) Overhyped twat.

  • March 2, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Arthur is an authentic classic

    by mpd1958

    I would like to remind everyone that the original "Arthur" was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten funniest movies of all time. Dudley Moore is dead. John Gielgud is dead. The 80's are dead. Leave it alone.

  • March 2, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST


    by Juggernaut125

    GREAT line. If they're going ahead with this, and I don't think they should, I'd pick Tom Wilkinson to play the butler. And Tyler Perry for Liza's part.

  • March 2, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    I think the world kinda liked Dudley Moore


    kinda found him funny a bit sad but ultimately the underdog hero, that's why the movie worked, in that time period. this one seems like it will be forgetable like any other romantic comedy from the last 10 years.

  • March 3, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    I can see this casting, BUT...

    by TinkerTIW

    ...Russell Brand hasn't been funny since FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. I love FSM but there isn't a single laugh in the trailer for the follow-up GET HIM TO THE GREEK, which isn't a good sign.

  • March 3, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais should be the butler.

    by Rev. Slappy

  • March 3, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Peter Baynham has a top notch comedy pedigree

    by penhapus

    which slightly lessens my dread at this remake. Only slightly,mind.

  • March 3, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    I've been waiting over a quarter century to get that off my chest...

  • March 3, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    holy sweet fuck me jesus

    by BendersShinyAss

    i always thought the arthur song was sung by a woman

  • March 3, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Russell Brand?

    by buggerbugger

    That chap is an unfunny cunt.

  • March 3, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    That's actually a damn good fit

    by KillaKane

    Brand's break-out flick for sure.

  • March 3, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    by DuncanDisorderly

    <p>Well, ain't it shit news?<p>

  • March 3, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Would rather see it with Robert Downey Jr.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    And whoever said Ricky Gervais as the butler...genius.

  • March 3, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    They'll have to change it too much

    by Sonny_Williams

    No fucking way that MADD and many other groups will stay silent regarding a movie about a loveable, funny DRUNK. Way too politically incorrect anymore. If you think that'll happen, you must be expecting a remake of BLAZING SADDLES with the original script!!

  • March 3, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Cletus -- Downey is amazing choice.

    by Rev. Slappy

    I'd love to see that movie, Downey's own substance abuse problems would give the comedy a lot more substance. Plus he'd be spectacular in the role.

  • March 3, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Disgustin_Justin, re: "are you 72 years old?"

    by Immortal_Fish

    No, 39. Which, given the average age here at AICN, still means that I prolly got laid for the first time long before you were born.

  • March 3, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Just found out there going to remake Gilligan's Island.

    by DatoMan413

    I rest my case. @$##& Hollywood.

  • March 3, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Who's gonna play Hobson?

    by Citizen Sane

    Jeffrey Rush? Michael Caine? Better be somebody good or fuhgetaboutit! Dudley Moore was not a funny man. But he was hilarious and charming as hell when given the right material. Russel Brand IS NOT funny. I hope the material is good.

  • March 3, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Rev. Slappy

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I see it was you who made the Gervais-butler suggestion. I like that a lot.

  • March 3, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Sonny Williams: MADD was founded a year before Arthur

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • March 3, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Iggy Pop as the Liza Minnelli character!

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    It's perfect for him.

  • March 3, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    ... it's the first rule of cinema.

  • March 4, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Russell Brand is a joke.... And this is a dumb idea!

    by sns

  • March 4, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Russel Brand Remakes...

    by tensticks

    This news isn't 2 months old, it's 2 YEARS old. This was one of three remakes he was attached to in the immediate wake of Sarah Marshall. (The other two are Drop Dead Fred--which he confirmed last April, though there's been no movement on it that I've seen)--and ROCKY HORROR, which fortunately has been shelved. Definitely wondering when his 15 minutes are up though. And if he regards Katy Perry as a consolation prize for the fact that it's Lady Gaga he spent all last year's VMA's trying to get into...