A Christmas Carol is the gift that keeps on giving to Hollywood.
Paramount and Kevin Hart have teamed up to develop a remake of Scrooged, the 1988 Christmas comedy which starred Bill Murray and was directed by Richard Donner.
The update is being eyed as a potential acting vehicle for Hart, who will produce via his Hartbeat Productions. A search for a writer to pen the script is underway.
Scrooged was a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, centering on a selfish television executive (played by Murray) who is visited by various ghosts who help him regain his Christmas spirit. Also in the cast were Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait and Robert Mitchum.
The movie was a moderate box office hit when it was released, but has since become a cult hit and Christmas fixture. One reason for its long-lasting appeal is its irreverent but still heartfelt take on the Dickens material, which has been adapted for screens big and small numerous times, with performers ranging from Marcel Marceau to Jim Carrey to even Mickey Mouse taking on the characters.
Hart is currently gearing up to shoot Fatherhood, Sony’s adaptation of the weepy best-seller Two Kisses for Maddie, which Paul Weitz is set to direct this summer. Hart is also among the project’s producers.
The actor is one of the voice stars of Universal and Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, which bowed Friday, and next appears on the big screen in the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is set to open in December.
Hart is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose.