Russell Brand to Star in Rentaghost

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Deadline reports that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the feature rights to the British comedy series “Rentaghost.” The movie version is described as a Beetlejuice-style afterlife feature comedy vehicle for Russell Brand.

According to the site, Brand would play Fred Mumford, “a recently deceased guy determined to be more productive as a corpse than he was during his life as a slacker. He attempts to set himself up in a business with a couple of other ghouls, starting a temp agency for the dead. Mumford and cohorts rent out ghouls and ghosts to the living, until things go awry.”

Created by Bob Block, the original series aired on BBC1 from 1976-1984.