November 10, 2008 / 8:59 AM / 12 years ago

Chris Rock to redo "Funeral" service

Comedian Chris Rock reacts during a press briefing in Sandton, South Africa, June 2, 2008. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Chris Rock will produce, co-write and star in an urban reworking of the 2007 British comedy “Death at a Funeral.”

The remake will centre on a funeral that devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets. The cast will be primarily black.

The original film, directed by Frank Oz, grossed $46.5 million (29 million pounds) worldwide, including $8.5 million in North America. It was produced for about $9 million through Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which is partnering with Sony’s mid-budget Screen Gems label on the remake.

The producers are looking for a director for the project, which is planned to start production in the spring.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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