- Cast: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Nick Nolte, Luis Guzmán, Geraldine James, Leslie Hendrix, Christina Calph, Brian McElhaney, Tuffy Questell, Kevin Cannon, Peter Van Wagner, Denny Bess, Peter Bond
- Director: Jason Winer
- Writers: Peter Baynham, Steve Gordon
- Producers: Chris Bender, Russell Brand, Larry Brezner, Kevin McCormick, J.C. Spink, Michael Tadross
- Executive Producers: Scott Kroopf, Nik Linnen
- Art Direction: Doug Huszti
- Casting: Kathleen Chopin
- Costume Design: Juliet Polcsa
- D.O.P.: Uta Briesewitz
- Editor: Brent White
- Makeup: Todd Kleitsch
- Music: Theodore Shapiro
- Production Design: Sarah Knowles
- Set Decoration: Chryss Hionis
Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge--choosing between an arranged marriage that will ensure his lavish lifestyle or an uncertain future with the one thing money can't buy, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), the only woman he has ever loved. With Naomi's inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and finally learn what it means to become a man, in this re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy "Arthur."
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: BenderSpink, Langley Park Productions, Morra Brezner Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures
- Production Schedule: June 2010 - September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "The original multi-award winning 1981 Dudley Moore comedy is still considered a classic in various circles, so the idea of remaking it seems as heretical as another version of "Tootsie" or "Caddyshack". These three were classics in their day that are still hilarious even now, but nonetheless are very much products of their time.
The point of a remake is to take the original premise and explore new tangents or reconfigure it in a way that doesn't just work for contemporary audiences, but hopefully improves upon the flaws of the original. "Arthur" isn't everyone's cup of tea, I'm not the biggest fan of it myself I admit, but it did exploit its premise to full effect and did so with a style that nabbed it two Oscars - something very few studio comedies can claim.
So now comes the inevitable remake with Russell Brand in the starring role. Brand's schtick has quickly become old and yet oddly enough people still keep hiring him, much like Jack Black. Playing the role of a drunken rich prat allows him to turn up his obnoxious-meter all the way up, which fans will adore but will likely turn away anyone else with even a remote interest. What new angle can be brought to this premise? Why remake a property with a star whose fanbase is mostly made up of those who've probably never heard of the original?
If there's one consolation it's that he's surrounded by some top notch talent. Helen Mirren takes over from John Gielguld in the role of Arthur's butler. Rising star Greta Gerwig is the love interest while Jennifer Garner and Luis Guzmán add strong support. Actor-turned-filmmaker Jason Winer, who has directed many episodes of breakout hit comedy series "Modern Family", is at the helm. Peter Baynham, who penned "Borat" and "Bruno" along with Brit comedies "Big Train," "I'm Alan Partridge" and "The Day Today", wrote the update which should ensure some biting and darker laughs than we may expect. I'll wait until a trailer comes out, for now though this holds little interest."