Hart is set to produce the project along with Paramount and is also rumored to be considering taking on a role in the film. The filmmakers are currently searching for a writer to prepare the script.
Hollywood just can't seem to get enough of A Christmas Carol. The Charles Dickens classic is a gift that keeps on giving to the entertainment industry and Tinseltown is gearing up to cash on the cult favorite yet again.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Hart and Paramount Pictures have teamed up to remake the 1988 Christmas comedy Scrooged which was directed by Richard Donner and starred the legendary Bill Murray. The movie was a modern retelling of Dickens' novella and Hart's version, which comes over three decades later, is likely to be an updated version of it.
The 39-year-old will reportedly produce the film via his Hartbeat Productions and is also rumored to star in the remake. However, confirmation for Hart's casting is still a long way away as the filmmakers are currently in the search for a writer to pen the script.
The project is quite an ambitious one for the star and Paramount as over the years Murray's dark comedy has attained cult favorite status and is an undeniable Christmas fixture.
In the 1988 Scrooged, Murray portrayed a selfish television executive who regains his Christmas spirit, thanks to visits from various ghosts who teach him the true meaning of the season. The film's impressive cast also featured Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Robert Mitchum. It was a moderate hit at the box office when it first came out but has since risen to the ranks of cult classic Christmas movies.
Since the script for Hart's take on Scrooged is still in development, it is unclear whether it will bring on some of the finer details of the original film. However, it goes without saying that Christmas spirit of Charles Dickens' work will be the core of the project. If the filmmakers manage to retain the casual but heartfelt adaptation style that the Murray starrer did, they have a sure-shot hit in their hands as this approach was definitely one of the main reasons for the film's long-lasting appeal.
Hart's take on A Christmas Carol joins a list of adaptations of the Dickens classic for both the big and small screens. In addition to Scrooged, the story has been remade several times with a range of performers including the likes of Marcel Marceau, Jim Carrey, and even Disney's Mickey Mouse. A remake featuring Hart definitely has the potential to break box office records if the right supporting cast is enlisted.
At the moment, the actor/comedian has wrapped up the production of Jumanji 3, the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is set to hit theatres in December. He also lent his voice to The Secret Life of Pets 2 which Universal and Illumination released this weekend and earned $2.3 million in Thursday previews.
As for the next movie in the pipeline, Hart is gearing up to star in Fatherhood, Sony's adaptation of the best-seller Two Kisses for Maddie, which will be directed by Paul Weitz this summer. The actor is also one of the producers of the film.
Meanwhile, there is another A Christmas Carole project in the makes at the moment, which according to a report by Deadline, is being produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, Tom Hardy's Hardy Son & Baker, and FX Productions. The three-part series was first announced by the BBC back in November 2017 and will air in December this year.
The project will feature Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge, Andy Serkis as Ghost of Christmas Past, Rutger Hauer as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Stephen Graham as Jacob Marley, Charlotte Riley as Lottie, Joe Alwyn as Bob Cratchit, Vinette Robinson as Mary Cratchit, Kayvan Novak as Ali Baba, and Lenny Rush as Tim Cratchit.
Snow blankets Warwick landmark as Tom Hardy and BBC brings 'A Christmas Carol' to townhttps://t.co/rILqcAs3s1— Leamington Courier (@leamcourier) June 7, 2019
The new take on the classic story is directed by Nick Murphy from The Awakening fame and written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Knight, Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe, and Mona Qureshi are executive producers of the series.
Speaking of the project, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks, Eric Schrier and Nick Grad said, "Charles Dickens' classics, including 'A Christmas Carol', are timeless tales that have been reimagined generation after generation. We couldn't imagine a better team to undertake this enormous task than Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, and their formidable production companies."