has hired “The Boy
” screenwriter Stacey Menear
to write the script for its remake of “Dennis the Menace
,” Variety has learned.
The project is being produced by Gil Netter
. There are no directors or actors attached.
“Dennis the Menace
” was originally launched by Hank Ketcham
as a syndicated comic strip in 1951, inspired by Ketcham’s four-year-old son Dennis and his penchant for mischief. The name was inspired by his wife Alice, who said at the time, “Your son is a menace!”
The strip led to a 1959 sitcom and a 1993 live-action movie, starring Mason Gamble
and Walter Matthau
as the grumpy neighbor George Mitchell
. “Dennis the Menace
,” directed by Nick Castle
from a script by John Hughes
, performed solidly at the box office from Warner Bros.
with $51 million domestically and $66 million overseas.
” has grossed $36 million domestically for STX.
Menear also wrote coming-of-age drama “Mixtape
,” which won the