Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Chris Rock-produced re-imagining of Frank Oz‘s 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. Although Oz’s original was well-received by many critics, it didn’t get very much traction with theatergoers, drawing only a niche audience. The new film has a primarily African-American cast and focuses on a funeral that “devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.” Basically, they have decided to remake an English-language film, dumbing down the jokes, in an effort to attract a more black audience (and to clarify: this comment is a statement on Hollywood chooses to treat ticket-buying African-Americans, and not a statement on the intelligence of that audience). It seems completely unnecessary. If you think that sounds horrible, watch the trailer — it’s much worse.
The remake was directed by Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace), was written by Dean Craig (Caffeine), and stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Before Liz Lemon and Peggy Olson struggled with single life in the big city, two strong, unrelated, independent women named Wanda Wayne and Sheneneh Jenkins ruled the cable airwaves (and the crack game). And I’m not sure what zillionth worm hole Richard Kelly opened up last weekend with The Box, but apparently these characters are making a fast-tracked comeback, and in movie theaters nationwide no less.
In case you missed a recent BET Awards, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx reprised Sheneneh and Wanda—’90s characters that originally appeared on Martin and In Living Color, respectively—to create a trailer for a mock action comedy called Skank Robbers. Response was so positive and loud that Screen Gems and the actors are now making it a reality. The title stays! “Oh no youuu dinnnnit!” The Tyler Perry-skewering trailer and clips and info await.
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Remember the scene in Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen where Sam is drawing symbols all over the walls of his dorm room? Yeah, we’ve tried to forget about it too. What you might not have noticed is that Sam writes the number 3 on a poster for the other Michael Bay sequel, Bad Boys II. Now we’ve learned that the studio is moving forward with development on a third film, but will the original crew return for one more adventure?
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Alcon Entertainment is developing a film titled Back to Africa for Martin Lawrence. You might be wondering why we’re even running a story about a possible Martin Lawrence film, stick with me for a second. According to Variety, Lawrence would play a “working-class man” from Queens New York who discovers that he is the heir to the throne of an African country and tavels there to claim his birthright.
So basically it’s an unofficial sequel to Coming To America told in reverse. Even the title, Back to Africa, sounds like a play off the original John Landis film which starred Eddie Murphy. The storyline is the complete mirrored opposite, so there is obviously no copyright infringement or issues of that nature. But the whole concept just seeems… wrong.
Let the fanboy email inquiries cease: The latest “momma of all comedies” is plopped for a 2009 release. Over the weekend, IESB spoke to producer, David T. Friendly, who confirmed that the second sequel in the hit Martin Lawrence undercover fat-suit franchise, Big Momma’s House 3, is currently in the scripting stage and on the fast track/conveyor belt after originally being due this year.
No word if Paul Giamatti will reprise his role from the first film. Ever. Combined, the first two entries grossed $190 million domestically.
Discuss: Possible (permanent) endings for the sequel and franchise.
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I don’t understand how so many people are duped into paying for a movie like Wild Hogs. Every month a new stinker hits theaters, and it makes tons of money. Wild Hogs made nearly $38 million in it’s first weekend. How?
Anyway, I just got word that director Walt Becker is considering a possible sequel. How can this happen? Can we start a petition to stop this madness? Wild Hogs 2 MUST be stopped.
luckily Becker has his plate full. His upcoming projects including Runt and Old Dogs. I have an idea: How about a good movie?
Nah, that would be too hard.