Sacha Baron Cohen Is Remaking Drafthouse Films’ KLOWN
Yes, yes - Drafthouse Films distributed Mikkel Norgaard's Klown back in 2010, and yes, yes - this site is owned by the Alamo Drafthouse. You might say that makes this site biased in Klown's favor, but I say the following with utmost sincerity: Mikkel Norgaard's Klown is one of the funniest films I've ever seen, and I think everyone (particularly those with a taste for truly distasteful comedy) should give it a shot.
All of that is preamble to this: Sacha Baron Cohen, in conjunction with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, is going to remake Klown. For those of you keeping score at home, this means - for the second time in two days - my apathetic stance towards remakes ("They don't erase the originals!") is being strenuously tested.
If you're unfamiliar with Norgaard's film, Klown tells the story of two friends, Frank and Casper, who unexpectedly find themselves babysitting a young boy while also trying to take a road trip to a notorious brothel. Much hijinks, nudity, and staggeringly filthy jokes ensue (the original ends with a visual gag so extreme, this site once questioned its legality).
Years back, the word on the street was that Danny McBride and friends were going to remake Klown, but that project never quite came together. I'm assuming enough time has passed for that idea to have been completely abandoned (read: if you're wondering, I'm pretty sure this is an all-new, totally different Klown remake).
What do you guys think? Into a Sacha Baron Cohen-fied version of Klown? Think it should be left well enough alone? And how soon until we hear that Larry Charles has signed on to direct? Sound off in the comments below.