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Hebrew Hammer director hits remake

23 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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He's not exactly a household name, having last directed cult hit The Hebrew Hammer waaaay back in 2003, but Jonathan Kesselman has lined up an interesting job for his return to the big screen: a remake of The Party, originally directed by Pink Panther supremo Blake Edwards.

The original movie saw bumbling Indian film extra Hrundi V. Bakshi (played by Peter Sellers) accidentally invited to an exclusive party instead of being fired when two memos are confused. This time, to avoid the dodgy racial politics of the 1968 film, the same role will be that of a blond Midwesterner whose appearance has been changed by studio executives anxious for him to fit a part.

There's no start date or cast yet, although the film is aiming to enlist lots of high-profile actors in cameo roles. It's early days, but this might be worth keeping an eye on. After all, Kesselman has kept busy since 2003 teaching comedy screenwriting at Yale, so he's got to know something.

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