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Brewster’s Millions heading to the remake trail

Posted by LiveFor on August 17, 2009

Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan are writing a new version of Brewster’s Millions according to THR. This will be a new take on the George Barr McCutcheon novel.

The 1902 novel, which became a play in 1906, has proved to be a popular film subject, with this project being the eighth incarnation. Popular versions include the 1945 film starring Dennis O’Keefe, directed by Allan Dwan, and the 1985 comedy starring Richard Pryor and John Candy and directed by Walter Hill.

No doubt, like me, it is the Richard Pryor version that you are most familiar with. It was one of those films that I seemed to watch numerous times as a teenager.

The original story centers on a man who inherits $1 million from a rich grandfather. When a rich uncle who hated the grandfather also passes away, the will leaves the young man $7 million — but under the condition he spends the grandfather’s million within a year and not end up with any assets from the spending spree.

Diliberti and Sullivan got the gig coming off the buzz generated by their spec “Comic Con.” That buddy comedy revolves around two friends who form a justice league of comic geeks to plan and execute a daring heist at Comic-Con in order to save their beloved neighborhood comic shop from the clutches of an evil corporate takeover. Principato-Young is attached to produce, and New School Media, which reps the duo, is exec producing.

This is a remake that may just work even though I love the 1985 version, but a lot depends on who they get to play the lead role. Also how much money will it involve this time? The last one involved blowing $30 Million to inherit $300 million.

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