28 Apr 2009
Universal is reportedly bringing Fred back to life with a remake of the 1991 cult classic Drop Dead Fred. Rising star Russell Brand will take over as the eponymous imaginary friend, originally played by fellow Brit Rik Mayall.
Dennis McNicholas, a contributing writer on Universal's Land of the Lost remake, will be working on this one as well - with the aim of making the new Fred "in the tone of 'Beetlejuice,' building a universe around the concept of imaginary friends."
The '91 original starred Phoebe Cates as Lizzie. After losing her job and her husband over the course of one lunch hour, she's forced to move back home and reunite with her childhood imaginary friend.
If you're a fan of the original, tell us: does it deserve a remake or would you prefer Fred stayed dead?