Chris Rock rolls with ‘Funeral’

Comedian set to star and co-write remake

Chris Rock is set to star and co-write “Death at a Funeral,” a re-imagining of the 2007 comedy, for Screen Gems and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Aeysha Carr will write the script with Rock for a comedy inspired by the SKE-produced original, which was written by Dean Craig and directed by Frank Oz.

Plan is for an ensemble comedy about a funeral ceremony that leads to the digging up of shocking family secrets, as well as misplaced cadavers and indecent exposure. While the original was set in Britain, the new film will take place in an urban American setting.

Sidney Kimmel and William Horberg will produce with Rock, Share Stallings and Laurence Malkin. Screen Gems and SKE are out to directors and plan to begin production next spring.

Jim Tauber and original scribe Craig will be executive producers.

“Death at a Funeral” is SKE’s first film since the company began transitioning from a specialty film focus to films with a greater commercial appeal. The company has financed, developed and produced 17 films since Kimmel founded it in 2004.

SKE’s Charlie Kaufman-directed “Synecdoche, New York” is being released by Sony Pictures Classics. Company also has the Greg Mottola-directed “Adventureland,” which Miramax will release next year.

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