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Ben Stiller Attached To Rentaghost
He'll try to save the company

12 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Ben Stiller Attached To Rentaghost

Like a lonely spirit wandering between the worlds of the living and the dead, a plan to remake cult kids’ TV series Rentaghost has been floating about for a while now. The most recent attempt – which saw Warner Bros. looking to acquire the rights for a Russell Brand star vehicle – faltered when everyone involved saw the box office receipts for Arthur. But now the mediums at 20th Century Fox have called the ghosts back from the ether, setting up a project that will see Ben Stiller teaming back up with Night at the Museum writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

While the original series, which ran on BBC One between 1976 and 1984 (kids, check out YouTube or grab the first series TV if you don’t know what we’re on about), focused on the misadventures of a company that provided spooks for specific hauntings, the new script will apparently bring things bang up to date. How so? Deadline reports that Stiller will play an American consultant drafted in to help the failing fortunes of the business. Because that’s what we all remember from Rentaghost, right? Scathing topical humour!* Also, a dodgy pantomime horse.**

Stiller’s Red Hour films will produce alongside the studio and all involved will no doubt be hoping that the writers can churn out another Museum-level success and kick off a fresh Stiller franchise. How you react to this news is likely dependent on your feelings towards that film and its sequel in the first place. Chances are some are already looking to see if a poltergeist can be sent to haunt Stiller and co…



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RE: What's next?
Pulp Fiction meets Playschool. "What's through the square window, motherfuckers?!" More

Posted by DazDaMan at 12:21 on 14 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: What's next?
L: TOPOI A hollywood version of Pob? :D]  I personally think 'Playdays' is ripe for the big screen as a gritty, multi narrative, ensemble piece. More

Posted by Super Hans at 21:52 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

Wonderful. Share a website with you , ( ) Believe you will love it. credit card and f ree s hipping. I bought two pairs. Cheap, good quality, you can go and ship with there More

Posted by zhmmcc at 15:40 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

Re Great Show
Beg to differ, Shamrat. I distinctly remember watching it on the 8:15 from Manchester. Re-runs, granted, but still on a weekend. More

Posted by aye_min at 13:46 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

Spooks for specific hauntings?
'The Frighteners' anyone? I wouldn't say Rentaghost was cult, isn't that a euphemism for a bit shite, which it was. Unfortunately you can see the join-the-dots approach to this, I like Ben Stiller but he's got an achilles' heel for shit british exports like Brand, Gervais, Merchant. So this'll probably end up with Ricky Gervais, Bill Nighy, and probably Karl fucking Pilkington "ooh isn't he hilarious he says what he sees?" No. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:04 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

Metal Mickey's got to be next
This has to be the most bizarre franchise attempt - did they even show this in the US? Wasn't Metal Mickey from the same people or have I just muddled my memories? Was it a spin off with cross-over episodes? More

Posted by Dr Science at 12:54 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

L: sweetladybrick After decades of living in a psychedelic dungeon with only a teddy bear for company, Pob is liberated from his abusive family and is assigned a carer by the local council and must rehabilitate to normal, British society. But in a world where the edges of morality are blurred, can Pob really find the right way? Is there even a right way? And will Teddy ever be dry again? Directed by Shane Meadows. sp; Make it in 4D aswell More

Posted by pauljthomas at 12:29 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

After decades of living in a psychedelic dungeon with only a teddy bear for company, Pob is liberated from his abusive family and is assigned a carer by the local council and must rehabilitate to normal, British society. But in a world where the edges of morality are blurred, can Pob really find the right way? Is there even a right way? And will Teddy ever be dry again? Directed by Shane Meadows. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 10:07 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

Great show
Was not shown at weekends. Obviously written by someone who has never watched it before. More

Posted by Shamrat at 07:14 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

wasn't it shown on Friday afternoons? It was definitely a weekday More

Posted by artilleryman at 01:55 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

What's next?
A hollywood version of Pob? More

Posted by TOPOI at 01:30 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

Don't remember it being shown on Saturday mornings? Russell would be perfect for the Dobbin role. Words like 'churn' and 'franchise' and 'Ben Stiller' are what made me stop going to the cinema. More

Posted by djcaucasian at 00:03 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

jackie earl haley for mr claypole. More

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