Ben Stiller Set to RentaGhost

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Ben Stiller Set to RentaGhostLet’s face it. Being dead has to have its fair share of suckage. Never mind the whole maggots feasting on you thing … that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

According to Variety Ben Stiller will star in RentaGhost, based on the British comedy series about a temp agency for the dead, for 20th Century Fox, which has tapped the Night at the Museum team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to pen the script.

Fox recently acquired rights to the comedy, which had been in development at Warner Bros. with Russell Brand toplining. Kevin McCormick is producing through his Langley Park shingle with BermanBraun’s Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun.

The original BBC series, created by Bob Block, ran for 58 episodes between 1976 and 1984 and centered on the recently-deceased Fred Mumford being determined to be more productive in the afterlife than he was during his 27-year existence. Mumford established RentaGhost — renting out ghouls, ghosts and other specters — to the living, but things do not go according to plan.

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  • MagusMaleficus

    Ben Stiller has the uncanny ability to attract the absolute shittiest projects in Hollywood, and bad enough taste to “yes” to all of them. Hey Ben, Jack Kevorkian’s assisted-suicide machine is up for sale in an auction–maybe you should consider that, eh?

    • Vanvance1

      When he puts passion into something and directs it himself we get a great comedy. i.e. Zoolander, Tropic Thunder.

      On the horror end of things I think it’s his production company that was behind The Ruins, a movie I liked quite a bit (though it wasn’t as good as the novel it was based on).

  • Lino

    As a British kid who grew up with Rentaghost, I have three words..

    Fuck right off.

    • Shambling_in_Bandages

      As another British kid who grew up with Rentaghost, I heartily endorse this “fuck right off” and add a second to the tally.