Instead of receiving an actual exploration of the faux Lee Majors film, The Night the Reindeer Died, that played within the popular Bill Murray film, Paramount has selected Kevin Hart to star in a remake of Richard Donner’s 1986 dark comedy, Christmas classic Scrooged.
The original Scrooged starred Bill Murray in a contemporary version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It did a nice job of bridging horror, comedy and heart. It’s a film that has stood the test of time and is still on many a Christmas movie playlist lineups.
Kevin Hart is currently being eyed to star in the film and produce with production company Hartbeat Productions.
The synopsis for Scrooged broke down like this:
In this modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.
I know exactly how you feel about this one. It’s no shock that anytime we write about ubiquitous remakes, you guys feels strongly about why they need to stop remaking things and just come up with new ideas. I totally sympathize with that.
However, Charles Dickens’ source material on this one has been made, remade and re-remade. In fact, Scrooged was technically a remake. For better or worse, they are going to do this, all we can hope for is that Hart brings the funny and that this Scrooged does as much of a good job at incorporating horror elements. I mean, there were some really scary scenes in Scrooged and the practical effects by Thomas R. Burman were significant and left a mark.
What do you guys think? You think Kevin Hart is a good pick for Scrooged? Let us know in the comments section.