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Fallout Entertainment has acquired the rights to remake the 1975 blaxploitation action comedy “Dolemite.”
Company principal Bill Fishman is slated to direct from a screenplay being written by Jeff Hause and David Hines. The film will be produced by Warren Zide.
Dolemite — inspired by a character created by comedian-writer-producer Rudy Ray Moore during the 1970s — is an ex-con who, in attempting to regain control of his nightclub, is joined by a squad of “kung-fu fighting girls” and other allies as he goes up against all who stand in his way. Moore will executive produce and might have a role in the remake.
“I think there is a certain sincerity in the original that is kind of undeniable,” Fishman said. “(Moore’s) a cult figure and a luminary. … He’s an original.
“(We are) giving enough respect to the original and building on it,” the helmer added. “We are going to use some of the original one liners. (Moore’s) eminently quotable.”
The production company is in the initial stages of casting and has had discussions with several stars of comedy and hip-hop, including Snoop Dogg.
Fishman hopes to begin production in the fall. The film is set in Los Angeles, but he said there are discussions about shooting in New Orleans.
“Dolemite” will be co-produced by Moore’s longtime manager Donald Randell.
Hause and Hines, whose credits include “Once Bitten,” also wrote an original screenplay titled “Exorcist Squad,” a comedy that Fishman described as an “urban ‘Ghostbusters.’ ” Fishman is seeking financing to get the film off the ground and has Charlie Murphy (brother of Eddie Murphy) and Wayne Brady attached to star.
Zide is perhaps best known for the “American Pie” and “Final Destination” films.
Fishman’s credits include “Car 54, Where are You?” and “Tapeheads.” He is repped by Gersh. Hause and Hines are repped by Warden, White & Associates.
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