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These Middle Schoolers' Remake of the Original 'Ghostbusters' Trailer Proves That the Future Is Not Hopeless

A group of middle school film students at Massachusetts' Raw Art Works art school made a shot-for-shot Ghostbusters trailer remake that was recently posted to Vimeo, and the result is an impressive and adorable indicator of what tomorrow's comedy creators might bring to the table. While the remake trailer cheats by using some original film footage here and there, these kids' vision of a gender-swapped Ghostbusters world where the main stars are tween girls and Sigourney Weaver's part is played by a beanie-wearing dude is nothing short of genius.

Tom Lennon to Star Opposite Matthew Perry in CBS's 'Odd Couple' Remake Pilot

Reno 911! and The State alum Tom Lennon has been cast alongside Matthew Perry in CBS's pilot remake of The Odd Couple, Variety reports. The multi-camera pilot, which was written by Perry and Frasier's Joe Keenan, is in development for the 2014-15 TV season. Lennon, who is coming off of a series regular role on NBC's recently-canceled freshman sitcom Sean Saves the World, will play the fussy Felix Unger to Perry's laid-back Oscar Madison. Sarah Baker, who played a supporting role in Perry's last show, Go On, also stars.

Josh Gad to Star in a Movie Remake of 'Gilligan's Island'

Warner Bros is preparing to turn 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island into a movie, and Josh Gad (1600 Penn, The Book of Mormon) is attached to play a major role, Deadline reports. Gad will write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. There's no word on what part Gad will be playing, although it'll probably be either Gilligan or the Skipper. It's pretty hard to imagine Gilligan's Island warranting enough material for a full-on movie, given that it's a pretty flimsy premise even for a 22-minute show, but we'll see how this goes.

NBC Adapting British Comedy '30 and Counting'

NBC has bought a pilot for a remake of British single camera sitcom 30 And Counting, Deadline reports. The pilot will be written by Better Off Ted writer Justin Adler and directed by Meet The Parents director John Hamburg. The original show, written by Chris Little and Tom Vinnicombe, was part of a series of romantic comedy specials on Sky Living the UK. 30 and Counting focused on three men seeking partners online who are convinced that "their 30s is the decade that will define them. That leaves them 3,652 days to set the course for the rest of their lives."

NBC Is Remaking Andy Samberg's BBC Show 'Cuckoo'

NBC is remaking Cuckoo, the BBC show that originally starred Andy Samberg, according to Deadline. Samberg starred on the BBC Three series as an American hippie named Cuckoo who marries an British girl and moves in with her family back in the UK. The American version, which will be written by the original British writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, is described as focusing on "the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron." It's unclear whether Samberg would be involved with the series; he's currently on Fox's beloved but ratings-challenged Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which might not make [...]

Jon Hamm, Key & Peele, Sarah Silverman, and More in Talks to Join Zach Galifianakis in Linklater's 'Incredible Mr. Limpet' Remake

Almost six months after Richard Linklater officially signed on to direct the Incredible Mr. Limpet remake, The Wrap reports that a bunch of comedy stars are currently in talks to join the cast alongside Zach Galifianakis, who is expected to play the titular role. Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele are all reportedly being considered for roles, with Hamm as the human villain, McBride and Silverman in live-action roles, and Hart, Key, and Peele voicing animated sea creatures. The Wrap notes that production on the Limpet remake could begin as early as the fall, though live-action scenes will [...]

Richard Linklater Is Remaking 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

Back in 2011, The LA Times reported that filmmaker Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused) was the top choice to direct a big budget remake of the 1964 family comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which starred Don Knotts as a guy who turned into a fish. Now, nearly three years later, Linklater has officially signed on to direct the movie, Screen Daily reports. Zach Galifianakis was in talks to star in the movie back in 2010, but it's not known whether he's still attached to the project.

Linklater is teaming up with Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, who will be working on design and animation for [...]

Matthew Perry to Star in and Write an 'Odd Couple' Reboot for CBS

Matthew Perry is getting ready to return to TV with a remake of The Odd Couple that he'll star in, write, and produce, THR reports. The show will be based on the 1965 Neil Simon play, starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney, not the 1968 movie version, which starred Matthau and Jack Lemmon or the 1970-1975 TV version, which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Matthew Perry is playing Oscar Madison, the easygoing roommate; the role of the uptight roommate has yet to be cast.

Perry will co-create the multi-camera version of the show with Danny Jacobson, creator of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and [...]

Fox Cuts Backs Order on 'Us & Them', Essentially Cancels It Before It Airs

Fox has ended production on Us & Them, cutting the show's 13-episode order to the seven episodes already made. According to Deadline, the network "plans to air the produced episodes and has not canceled the series," but really that means the show is canceled. The show, which was based on the mega-hit BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Biedel as a couple in a long-distance relationship who must deal with merging their eccentric families. Kerri Kenney and Michael Ian Black played supporting roles as Biedel's mother and uncle.

It's the second early decision on a midseason show that Fox has made this year; the animated sitcom [...]

Fox Is Remaking Sharon Horgan's BBC Show 'Dead Boss'

Sharon Horgan is about to get her fourth American pilot. Best known stateside for her turn in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, the Irish writer and actress is remaking her BBC3 prison comedy Dead Boss, which she created with British standup Holly Walsh. The Fox show will center "on a woman trying to prove her innocence after being falsely accused and convicted of killing her boss," according to Deadline. Horgan's other pilots include a remake of her British smash sitcom Pulling, as well as Bad Mom and Bad Management. Below, a trailer for the BBC original:

Rebel Wilson to Star in 'Private Benjamin' Remake

The latest '80s comedy Hollywood is trying to remake is Private Benjamin, and Rebel Wilson has landed the lead role, The Tracking Board reports. Wilson will play a female military recruit who finds the Army to be harder than she expected. A director has yet to be attached to the project.

The original Private Benjamin, released in 1980, starred Goldie Hawn and was one of the highest-grossing movies of that year. The film consistently ends up on lists of the greatest comedies of all-time, like the American Film Institute's list of top 100 comedies (ranked 82). Anna Faris had previously been cast as the lead in the remake, [...]

Jack Black Is Developing an Adaptation of the UK Film 'Wizard's Way'

Jack Black has acquired the rights to develop and produce a remake of he British film Wizard's Way, Variety reports. The comedy follows two friends who are completely obsessed with the fictional online fantasy roleplaying game Wizard’s Way, and it was written and directed by Joe Stretch, Socrates Adams-Florou, and Chris Killen. The movie is about to have its US premiere this year at the Slamdance Film Festival. Jack Black will executive produce via his company Electric Dynamite.

The Failed Jim Carrey 'Incredible Mr. Limpet' Remake Would Have Been Terrifying

Patton Oswalt was a guest on the third-to-last episode of The Best Show on WFMU last night, and during a conversation about movies, he told a story he heard from director Brad Bird about a canceled remake of Don Knotts's 1964 family film The Incredible Mr. Limpet that was in development with Jim Carrey in 1998. Steve Oedekerk, who wrote and directed Carrey in the sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, was hired to write/direct the Limpet remake. Oedekerk stepped down from the project in 1999, and Oswalt says Brad Bird was brought in for a meeting about potentially directing the movie. Here's Oswalt telling the story:

They CG-animated [...]

NBC Is Rebooting 'Remington Steele' as a Comedy

'80s TV show Remington Steele is coming back, albeit with a bit of a genre tweak. Deadline reports that NBC is developing a reboot of Remington Steele, turning the 1982-1987 Pierce Brosnan detective comedy-drama into a half-hour comedy. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is directing the pilot, and Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2) are writing it. NBC has ordered a pilot script for the show. While the original series followed private detective Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) hiring a con man (Pierce Brosnan) to pretend to be her detective agency's fictitious boss Remington Steele, the revamped version of the show (also called Remington Steele) follows Holt [...]