According to The Hollywood Reporter, comedian Kevin Hart is in talks with Paramount to develop a remake of Scrooged, Richard Donner’s 1988 comedic take on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
Scrooged starred Bill Murray as Frank Cross, an ambitious, heartless television executive who is overseeing an expensive and indulgent live production of A Christmas Carol on the same night he is visited by three spirits who offers him one last chance to change his behavior and right the wrongs of his past.
The crude, untraditional holiday movie was a moderate box-office hit but has since become a cult classic, and for many, a must watch every holiday season.
Hart is reportedly producing the remake and will likely also star. There is no writer yet attached to pen the screenplay.
News of a Scrooged remake isn’t really a surprising one. Hollywood has been churning out reboots and remakes for years now that maybe it felt inevitable, but I have to admit it’s a little disappointing. In my opinion, Scrooged is one of those classics where a remake feels completely unnecessary. Why not just take another stab at reimagining A Christmas Carol in a modern setting?
Given there is no writer attached to the movie as of yet, it may be a while yet before we see a Hart-headlined Scrooged in theaters.
What do you think, Wasteoids? Are you looking forward to a Scrooged remake? Is anyone else feeling remake burnout yet?