Kevin Hart Is Threatening To Remake SCROOGED

In which our "remakes are fine" policy gets tested more than ever before.

If you've been reading Birth.Movies.Death. long enough, you'll probably remember me as the guy who always says, "Remakes aren't worth getting mad about." I say this because it's true - remakes don't erase originals, they often bring new viewers to old titles they might not have otherwise sought out, and sometimes you get a really good one. Not often, mind you, just every once in a while, just frequently enough that we can never truly write off the concept. 

I'm going to keep all of that in mind, my jaw furiously clenched, as I relay to you the following:

"Paramount and Kevin Hart have teamed up to develop a remake of Scrooged, the 1988 Christmas comedy that 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."

That's The Hollywood Reporter breaking the news that Kevin Hart's developing a Scrooged remake for Paramount. It...they...

Look, I'll just level with you: I'm sitting here trying to put a positive spin on this and I am just failing. Scrooged is a holy work in my household, viewed every year on Christmas Eve and celebrated alongside such other holiday classics as Gremlins and It's A Wonderful Life. The thought of someone remaking Scrooged had never really occurred to me, partially because even considering such a thing feels like heresy, but also because it seemed extremely unlikely that anyone would ever attempt it. Yet another remake of A Christmas Carol? Sure. But specifically a Scrooged remake? Horsefeathers, I would have told you, as recently as twenty minutes ago.

At any rate, this one's still early enough along in the process that nothing's really been established yet: we don't know who's writing it, who might direct it, or (if we're to believe that Hart isn't eyeing it as a starring vehicle for himself, which, I mean, come on) who'll headline it. Good luck to whoever gets involved, I guess. Between Richard Donner, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue and Mitch Glazer, you've got some big-ass shoes to fill.

Now, if you'll excuse me...

Remakes do not erase originals.

Remakes do not erase originals.

Remakes do not