Russell Brand to star in comedy remake

Peter Baynham has been set by Warner Bros. to write “Arthur,” a remake of the 1981 comedy that is being crafted as a vehicle for Russell Brand to play the lovable lush.

Baynham was one of Sacha Baron Cohen’s screenwriting cohorts on “Borat,” and he collaborated with Baron Cohen once again on the upcoming “Bruno.”

“Arthur” is being produced by Larry Brezner and Benderspink.

Brezner produced the original, which was written and directed by Steve Gordon and starred Dudley Moore as a boozy playboy whose plan to marry into a moneyed family goes awry when he falls in love with a working class gal.

Brand had his film breakthrough in the Universal comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” He reprises his role as musician Aldous Snow in another U comedy, “Get Him to the Greek.”

Benderspink partners Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are also executive producers on “Leap Year,” the Harry Elfont/Deborah Kaplan-scripted Spyglass comedy.

Baynham is repped by UTA.

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