Russell Brand has landed a new gig and it will force him to channel his inner Beetlejuice. According to Deadline, the British comedian has been offered the lead role in RentaGhost. Yes, there’s a movie called RentaGhost. It’s based on a popular children’s television series of the same name that aired from 1976-1984 over in the U.K (we’ve never heard of it).
The site claims that Warner Bros has acquired the rights to the British comedy and plan on developing it into a Beetlejuice-style afterlife feature for Brand. The premise of the show centered on “Fred Mumford, a recently deceased guy determined to be more productive as a corpse than he was during his life as a slacker. He attempts to set himself up in a business with a couple of other ghouls, starting a temp agency for the dead. Mumford and cohorts rent out ghouls and ghosts to the living, until things go awry.”
The original RentaGhost was created by Bob Block. Warner Bros is currently looking for writers to pen the screenplay of the adaptation. This definitely seems like something that would appeal more to children than adults, which could be changed if they they darken it up a little.
What do you think of Brand starring in RentaGhost? Do you remember the television series?