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

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • 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.