Rentaghost

(2013)
‘Rentaghost’ Gets Director Tom McGrath

‘Rentaghost’ Gets Director Tom McGrath

Director Tom McGrath (MegaMind) is in talks to make his live-action directorial debut with Rentaghost for 20th Century Fox.

We reported back in October that Ben Stiller has signed on to star in this comedy, an adaptation of the 1976 BBC series Rentaghost. The story follows Fred Mumford (Ben Stiller), a recently-deceased man who never lived up to his full potential on Earth. Determined to be more productive, he decides to form an agency in the afterlife dubbed Rentaghost, where ghosts are leased out to help the living.

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Ben Stiller Joins ‘Rentaghost’

Actor Ben Stiller is reuniting with Night at the Museum screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant for Rentaghost at 20th Century Fox.

We first reported on this project back in December 2010, when Russell Brand was being eyed to star, although a deal never materialized. The project is based on the BBC series Rentaghost, which ran from 1976 to 1984. The series followed Fred Mumford, who recently died and is determined to be more productive in the afterlife. He sets up an agency entitled Rentaghost, where fellow spirits are leased out to help the living. This new version will feature Ben Stiller as an American consultant sent to revitalize a failing U.K. company.

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