Can Ice Cube assume the elegant mantle of Cary Grant?
Many stars have been reticent about remaking films that were built around mythic actors of the past, such as Grant, Humphrey Bogart or John Wayne.
But Revolution Studios believes it can substitute rapper for dapper in its renovation of “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.”
The studio is in talks with Ice Cube to play the title character, a role originated by Grant.
Cube’s “Next Friday” director, Steve Carr, will helm the remake this summer.
Revolution made a deal with rights holder RKO Pictures last year and at the time set Carr and screenwriter Hank Nelken.
One of the gems in the RKO Pictures library, the original 1948 comedy starred Grant and Myrna Loy as a couple that chucks their Manhattan apartment for a big house in the suburbs. The fixer-upper proves to be a nightmare.
“Blandings” will be produced by Heidi Santelli and RKO Pictures head Ted Hartley, with Aaron Ray and Carr exec producing. Revolution’s Todd Garner and Derek Dauchy are overseeing the comedy.
Cube’s money deal will be worked out this week. He and his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez have a multipicture deal with Revolution. Cube Vision will also produce “Blandings.”
Cube just toplined Revolution’s road trip comedy “Are We There Yet?” He next stars for Revolution in the action sequel “XXX: State of the Union,” which opens April 29.
Carr just completed the Martin Lawrence starrer “Rebound” for Fox. He previously directed “Daddy Day Care” for Revolution.