Death at a Funeral Set for U.S. Remake

March 9, 2009
The charming British film Death at a Funeral is being remade for American audiences by Screen Gems and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Directed by Neil LaBute, the comedy takes place at a memorial service that quickly goes from bad to worse as the minutes tick by. At the height of the family chaos, a mysterious man arrives, claiming to be the dead man's lover, and threatens blackmail. In the British version, this character was played by American actor Peter Dinklage. No word yet as to who will be portraying the gay character, but the announced cast is a who's who of A-list African American talent: Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence will lead the ensemble, with support from Loretta Devine, Ron Glass, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short. We'll be curious to see how the script -- co-written by Rock and Ayesha Carr -- translates from the dry British humor to broader U.S. appeal, and obviously, we're intent on seeing how the gay content will pan out. No specific release date has been set, but it looks to be a 2010 release, according to IMDB. To get a feel for the 2007 film, check out the trailer: Binary Data neCY4hh1wJg