Kevin Hart has reportedly teamed up with Paramount Pictures for a Scrooged remake. The 1988 Christmas movie originally starred Bill Murray and was directed by Richard Donner. The project is a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which means this one will take that and update it for today’s times, over thirty years later. The original was a modest success at the box office, but it has become a cult favorite over the years amongst 80s and Murray fans and is played a lot during the Christmas season.
The Scrooged remake does not have a writer or director attached at this time. Kevin Hart is set to produce via his Hartbeat Productions. Though it is not confirmed, it is believed Hart will star in the remake. In the 1988 version, Bill Murray plays a selfish TV executive who is taught the true meaning of the Christmas spirit. It is unclear if Hart’s version of the movie will keep some of the finer details, but it will obviously keep the Christmas spirit of Charles Dickens’ source material.
With no writer or director on board, it is unclear when the project will go past the development phase. With that being said, a Scrooged remake starring Kevin Hart could end up being a box office success if the project enlists the right supporting cast. The actor/comedian recently wrapped production on Jumanji 3 and has The Secret Life of Pets 2 hitting theaters this week. As for the next movie he is working on, Hart will begin production on Sony’s Fatherhood, which is an adaptation of the best-seller Two Kisses for Maddie, this summer.
The original Scrooged ended up as the fourth highest grossing movie of 1988 with $60.3 million. The movie ended up doing well when it was released on VHS and a highly anticipated expanded DVD release was planned for 2006 with commentary from Richard Donner and plenty of extras starring Bill Murray. However, the expanded edition never ended up coming out officially, for reasons that remain to be unclear. A Blu-ray edition was released in 2011 and was criticized for not having any of the bonus material talked about for the 2006 version.
Scrooged received mix reviews upon its release in 1988, but has been looked at in another light since it has become a cult favorite Christmas movie. A remake with Kevin Hart, if done right, could end up faring better than the original did. We’ll just have to wait and see when the project lands a director, writer, and supporting cast. As for Bill Murray, it’s beginning to look like he’s going to revisit the Ghostbusters franchise in Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel. It will be interesting to see his response to a Scrooged remake when the project gets further along in the development process. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce the Kevin Hart Scrooged remake.