Ben Stiller is set to star in the cinematic remake of the late 70’s British children’s comedy series “Rentaghost” at 20th Century Fox reports Variety.
The original followed Fred Mumford, a recently deceased loser who feels he can find work for ghosts whose lives were as failed as his. He soon starts up a temp agency where he rents out ghosts to the living.
Amongst his spectral clients are a mischievous jester with zero knowledge of modern technology, a delicate Victorian-era gentleman morally shocked by the modern world, a pantomime horse, a Dutch ghost who teleports when she sneezes, a Scottish witch and a female Wild West gunslinger.
The project was being setup at Warner Brothers as a “Beetlejuice”-esque vehicle for Russell Brand, but that changed once Fox acquired the rights. “Night at the Museum” duo Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant have come onboard to pen the script.
Kevin McCormick, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun are still set to produce.