Newsbites: The imaginary friends edition!

1. Jim Carrey may star in The Beaver, an “offbeat comedy” that “centers on the relationship between a man and a beaver puppet he wears on his arm, which he talks to and treats as a companion.” Those who have read Kyle Killen’s script are comparing it to Being John Malkovich (1999) and Lars and the Real Girl (2007). — Hollywood Reporter

2. Russell Brand is set to star in a remake of Drop Dead Fred (1991). The original film “starred Phoebe Cates as a wallflower who loses her job and husband during the course of a lunch hour. Forced to live back home, she’s reunited with her childhood imaginary friend (Brit actor Rik Mayall), who promises to help but causes more havoc.” — Hollywood Reporter

3. Leah Meyerhoff is writing and directing Unicorns, an “indie drama” about “an awkward teenage girl who escapes to a fantasy world when her first romantic relationship turns increasingly abusive.” For the moment, I am assuming, based on this synopsis, that the “fantasy world” in question exists only in the character’s head and has no objective Narnia-like reality. — Hollywood Reporter

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Magnus

    Oooohh… The Beaver sounds like it should be my kind of film, but if only it had another actor.

  • Friar

    Re No. 2:

    The only thing that made me able to stand the uber-annoying Rik Mayall in Drop Dead Fred without clawing out my eyes was the presence of Phoebe Cates.

    Since she’s more or less retired, super-duper-uber annoyer Russell Brand hasn’t got a prayer.

  • Magnus

    The whole re-make-o-rama hing just has me baffled. Drop Dead Fred needs to be remade? Does anyone really know this flim, or is that the point? What next, Monkeybone?
    I also understand that there is remake of Slap Shot in the works.

  • RC

    I agree w/ Magnus – not with Carrey. I feel like it will be way too “goofy”

    and to say it’s like John Malkovich AND Lars only says that this movie is “unique” as those movies hardly have a stitch in common.