Paramount continues to mine its 80s catalogue to stay relevant. Currently in production are: a Top Gun sequel, a Coming To America sequel, a 48 Hours remake, a Terminator sequel.
A Pet Sematary remake was release a few months ago, and Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are supposedly developing Beverly Hills Cop 4 as well.
And now, on top of all of that, Kevin Hart is set to produce and likely star in a Scrooged remake. He will produce via his Hartbeat banner and will star if the script is to his liking. However we don’t know that yet as a writer is yet to be hired.
Scrooged is a Christmas classic at this point. The original 1988 film starred Bill Murray and was a modern retelling of Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol.
Murray played a selfish TV executive who has lost his Christmas spirit and is visited by various ghosts to help him regain is holiday cheer. Richard Donner directed, while Karen Allen and Bobcat Goldthwait co-starred.
A Christmas Carol has been adapted for the silver screen many times, most recently with the 2009 Jim Carrey animated version. However, remaking Scrooged doesn’t seem like the best idea.
Can you imagine a studio remaking Home Alone, A Christmas Story, or Elf? It might not quite be in the same pantheon, but Scrooged has a similar place in the Christmas canon.
Of course, we’ll wait and see how much of a Scrooged remake this is, and how much is just Hart doing his Christmas Carol. With no script in place, it’s impossible to tell.
Hart will soon begin shooting the dramedy Fatherhood. He will also be seen in the upcoming Jumanji sequel. Before all that, he can be heard in The Secret Life Of Pets 2, which is currently in cinemas.