Townsend Helms "Brewster's Millions" Remake

Robert Townsend has come on board to direct a remake of the comedy "Brewster's Millions".

George Barr McCutcheon penned the original novel which has been adapted many times, though the most well-known would be Walter Hill's 1985 version starring Richard Pryor and John Candy.

That film follows a baseball fan who is called to New York city to hear the last will and testament of his recently deceased great-uncle. Said uncle makes an offer - if he can spend $30 million in 30 days, he's entitled to $300 million. If not, he loses it all. There's also strict conditions on how he can spend the cash, including having no more assets than what he started with.

Michael William Schmidt has penned the new adaptation which Joseph and Jack Nasser will produce. The new film changes the stakes - he must spend $100 million in one week to inherit $1 billion.

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'Brewster's Millions' Lands Director Robert Townsend

'Brewster's Millions' Lands Director Robert Townsend
Actor-filmmaker Robert Townsend has signed on to direct the reboot of Brewster's Millions, news which comes 30 years after the 1985 comedy Brewster's Millions was released, starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. The story is based on George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel, which was turned into a stage play in 1906 along with 10 different movie adaptations, including a lost 1914 Cecil B. DeMille version towards the beginning of his career.

Michael William Schmidt is writing the screenplay, which centers on Montgomery Brewster, a man who inherits $1 billion, under one condition: he must spend $100 million in one week, or he loses everything. The financial stakes in the reboot have been increased considerably, since the 1985 version, directed by Walter Hill, centered on Richard Pryor's Brewster tasked with spending $30 million in 30 days, in order to receive his full inheritance of $300 million. No further story details were released at this time.

Joseph Nasser and Jack Nasser are producing the reboot,
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Robert Townsend Directing ‘Brewster’s Millions’ Reboot

Robert Townsend Directing ‘Brewster’s Millions’ Reboot
Robert Townsend has come on board to direct a new version of “Brewster's Millions,” three decades after the Richard Pryor comedy was released.

The story is based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon that was adapted into a play in 1906 and made into films 10 times — including a lost 1914 release directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the start of his career.

The Pryor version co-starred John Candy and was directed by Walter Hill. The Universal release was a solid performer with a $45 million domestic gross.

Producers of the new “Brewster’s Millions” are Joseph and Jack Nasser. The adaptation was written by Michael William Schmidt and follows Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion – with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up with nothing more than the clothes on his back.

Apa will handle domestic sales of the film.

Townsend’s first feature was 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle,
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Brewster's Millions: new remake on the way

The 11th - really - big screen adaptation of Brewster's Millions is in the works...

The history of Brewster's Millions on the big screen is extensive. Based on the novel by George Barr McCutcheon, that was published in 1902, there have, to date, been ten screen adaptations of it (not including television projects). They range from the first, a 1914 adaptation directed by Cecil B De Mille and Oscar Apfel, through arguably the highest profile, the Richard Pryor-headlined version that landed in 1985.

Well, number 11 is on the way (and we're indebted to Film Divider for pointing out there have been that many).

The new Brewster's Millions, the first English language take on the book since that 1985 project (that was helmed by Walter Hill, with John Candy co-starring), will be directed by Robert Townsend, based on a screenplay by Michael William Schmidt. The basic premise will be the same: for a man to inherit a large fortune,
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Robert Townsend Re-counting ‘Brewster’s Millions’

Robert Townsend Re-counting ‘Brewster’s Millions’
The last time we checked on Brewster’s Millions, Richard Pryor and John Candy were rolling in it. That was 1985. Now Robert Townsend has signed on to direct a remake scripted by Michael William Schmidt and produced by Joseph and Jack Nasser. The story, based George Barr McCutcheon’s 1902 novel, centers on Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion, with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up right back where he started – with nothing more…
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A Fragile Trust Movie Review

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A Fragile Trust Movie Review
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TV Lit Agent Katie Cates Joins Resolution

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Ranking the Films of Director Elia Kazan (part 1) Underseen

Elia Kazan is one of my top five favourite American filmmakers of all time, and so I decided to ask our staff to rank his films. If you are not yet familiar with the filmmakers work, now would be a good time to start. Kazan was one of the most honoured and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history and introduced a new generation of unknown young actors to the world, including Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Carroll Baker, Julie Harris, Andy Griffith, Lee Remick, Rip Torn, Eli Wallach, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Fred Gwynne, and Pat Hingle. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his cast, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. The source for his inspired directing was the revolutionary acting technique known as the Method, and Kazan quickly rose to prominence as the preeminent proponent of the technique. During his career,
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Nancy Kerrigan Attends Father's Funeral

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Nancy Kerrigan and her family are mourning the loss of her father Daniel Kerrigan, who is believed to have died from a heart attack shortly after an altercation with his troubled son, Mark (45). A funeral was held today for Daniel, where Daniel's enduring love for his son was discussed. Dan is said to have stood by Mark through difficult times, despite the fact that their bond was continually tested.Speaking to the gathered mourners, Rev. William Schmidt said of Dan, "His love for his son was continually tested, but never faltered. He never failed to be there to take him back to the full embrace of his love until his final moment." The reve ...
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Nancy Kerrigan, Family Attend Father's Funeral

Nancy Kerrigan, Family Attend Father's Funeral
Nancy Kerrigan buried her face against her mother and appeared to weep as her father's flag-draped casket was carried into St. Patrick's Church in Stoneham, Mass., for a funeral Thursday. Daniel Kerrigan, 70, who was a U.S. Army veteran, died after a violent struggle with his son, Mark Kerrigan, 45, who has pleaded not guilty to assault. Mark Kerrigan was sent for a psychological evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital after being charged. Mourners who packed the church were told that the elder Kerrigan always loved his son despite a tortured relationship. Related: Nancy Kerrigan 'Really Struggling' after Father's Death"His love
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'Dream' job: C.K. gets OK for HBO sitcom

HBO has greenlighted its first multicamera comedy series, a family sitcom starring comedian Louis C.K. Separately, the network has ordered Suckers, a one-hour dramedy pilot from writer-producer William Schmidt. HBO has picked up 12 episodes of the Louis C.K. project, also known as American Dream, bringing the total order to 13 half-hours, including the pilot. The pilot for the show, which was greenlighted in January and filmed in front of a live audience, marked HBO's first pilot order to a multicamera comedy. Written by Emmy-winning writer-producer Louis C.K., the HBO Independent Prods. project, referred to by some as Everybody Loves Raymond with cursing, is described as a twist on the traditional family sitcom genre -- a realistic look at the life of a middle-class couple raising their daughter that features mature subjects.

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